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143rd Year No.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Eight Months Lapse Between Workshops On Issue

ECB Publishing
Senior Staff Writer
Almost exactly eight months after
county officials first met with an ex-
pert in labor and employment law for
the purpose of revising and updating
the county's personnel policy, officials
met again with Attorney Robert Snif-
fen on Monday morning, Jan. 24.
In the interim, Commissioners
Betsy Barfield and John Nelson were
elected to the board, necessitating that
Sniffen inform them of the origins and
purpose of the project, as well as creat-
ing the possibility that they will raise
new questions that will trigger yet ad-
ditional changes. But then, as Sniffen
prefaced the discussion, "it's been our
expectation from the start that this is a
process that could last several work-
"This is beginning the process," he

Indeed, judging from the lengthy
interval between the first two work-
shops, it could also well be a process
that stretches out indefinitely.
But to the point of Monday work-
shop: Sniffen explained to commission-
ers that some of the changes in the
redlined draft that he was handing
them represented technical and others
substantive changes some mandated
by changes in state law and others ad-
dressing problems specific to Jefferson
County's workforce. As background in-
formation, he also explained for the
benefit of the two new commissioners
that problems with the county's griev-
ance process about a year ago had
prompted the policy's reevaluation.
Since then, of course, the project had
grown in scope, he said.
These points established, Sniffen
told commissioners that they would
Please See Policy Changes Page 3A

JC Legislative Committee

Girds For Action & Waits

ECB Publishing
Senior Staff Writer
Notwithstanding the uncer-
tainty of a new Governor and an-
other projected budget shortfall,
members of the Jefferson County
Legislative Committee have
begun laying the groundwork for
their lobbying effort in the coming
legislative session.
Members of the committee re-
cently traveled to Tallahassee to
meet with individual legislators.
And on Wednesday, Feb. 2, the cap-
tains of three of the teams that





ECB Publishing
Senior Staff Writer
The committee
charged with the develop-
ment of an ecological
park on the southwest
part of town continues
seeking state and federal
funding for the project.
On Tuesday, Feb. 1,
committee member Patri-
cia Gardner told the Mon-
ticello City Council that
the group was seeking a
$10,000 federal grant ad-
Please See Park
Committee Page 3A

met with legislators reported to
the committee on the essence and
successes qf their respective vis-
The three captains were Julie
Conley, leader of the group that
met with House Representative
Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda;
Paula Sparkman, leader of the
group that met with State Repre-
sentative Leonard Bembry; and
Marianne Arbulu, leader of the
group that met with Senator Bill
Montford. The Kim Barnhill led
group, which was supposed to
meet with Senator Charles Dean,

was unable to do so and had to
reschedule the meeting.
All three team captains re-
ported that the exchanges with
their respective legislators had
gone extremely well. They said
the legislators were attuned to the
issues that were important to this
community and promised to do
what they could achieve success,
but each lawmaker also reiterated
that it was going to be a tough leg-
islative session.
The teams' areas of focus,
Please See Legislative Page


ECB Publishing
Senior Staff Writer
If not a record low, the number of
building permits that the City of Mon-
ticello and Jefferson County issued in
January was certainly at the lower end
of the scale. The two entities issued a
combined 26 permits, compared with
49 in December.
The last recent times that the num-
bers dipped into the 20s were in No-
vember 2008 (21 permits) and
December 2007 (27 permits). Valua-
tions also were significantly down, al-
though not as low as a year ago, in at
least two of the categories.
Figures released by the Jefferson
County and City of Monticello Build-
ing Inspection and Contractor Licens-
ing Department on Monday, Feb. 1,
show that the combined 26 permits
raised $3,264.22 in fees, compared with


the $6,668.83 raised by the 49 permits in
December. In January 2010, the city
and county issued 44 permits and
raised $4,511.44.
A breakdown of the 26 permits
shows the city issued five and collected
$574.60, and the county issued 21 and
collected $2,689.62. The permits break
down into 25 for repairs and additions
and one for new residential construc-
The valuation for residential per-
mits was $184,215 in January, com-
pared with $169,459 in December and
zero in January 2010.
Please See Building Page 3A

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ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
A seven-year-old county resident was seri-
ously injured over the weekend after being hit
by a car.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that on
Sunday at 10:25 a.m., Wilbert O'Neal Seabrooks,
of Jefferson County, was driving a 1998 Chevro-
let four-door traveling north uphill on a curve on
Dills Road in Jefferson County
Please See Car Page 3A

County Officials May

Need To Get Bonded

ECB Publishing
Senior Staff Writer
To bond or not bond,
that is the question that
Jefferson County com-
missioners are trying to
And if to bond,
which officials should be
Commissioner Bet-
sey Barfield raised the
issue, prompted by con-
cern that the county
presently has no ordi-
nance addressing the
bonding of officials. She
worries about the poten-
tial for personal liability,
should she make a mis-
take or participate in a
wrong decision in her of-
ficial capacity Barfield
essentially wants assur-
ance that if she does
make a mistake, she
won't be personally li-
County Attorney
Buck Bird explained that
bonds were typically re-
quired for officials who
handled large sums of

money The bonds, he
said, were typically cal-
culated on the highest
amount that a particular
official handled at any
one time, and it assured
that the bonding com-
pany would cover the
loss, should the official
abscond with the money
"Bonds cover offi-
cials who misuse money
in their official capacity,"
Bird said.
Normally, commis-
sioners didn't require
such bonding, he said.
That was because com-
missioners were covered
by public officials' liabil-
ity insurance, which pro-
tected them from
liability arising out of
negligence or a wrong
decisions he said.
"Your liability insur-
ance covers you," Bird
said. "You don't neces-
sarily need a bond."
In fact, with the ex-
ception of Gadsden
County, no other county
Please See Bonded
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Chance of showers. Highs in the
mid 50s and lows in the upper 30s.


Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the
upper 50s and lows in the low 30s.

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Letters to the Editor are typed wordfor word, comma for comma, as sent to this newspaper. | Trying to run the
world with the
ibil US Military is nei-
Fiscal Responsibility In Our Local Government hConservative
nor cheap. Ron Paul

While attending the February
3 county commission meeting, I
witnessed two events that I would
like to make note of, and to com-
mend the people involved.
The first dealt with the pur-
chase of a dump truck for the
road department. County
Coordinator Roy Schleicher made
mention there is $50,000 in the
budget and summarized the need
for a dump truck to replace one in
use that is in poor condition. Mr.
Schleicher made mention of
employees attending an equip-
ment auction, and based on this,
he determined a decent used
truck and dump trailer could be

had for well under not only the
cost of one new truck (which
would be over $100,000), but also
well under the budgeted amount,
and we would have two vehicles
versus one (the trailer can be
pulled by an existing truck).
The second dealt with County
Fire Chief Mark Matthews. Some
time ago, his department was
given an older ambulance by
Gadsden County to use for back-
up when the main ambulance was
out of service. Recently, Chief
Matthews bartered a deal with
North Florida Community
College to trade the ambulance
for mandatory in-service train-

ing. The consensus was the coun-
ty would receive far more mone-
tarily via this deal than they
would by trying to sell the ambu-
lance outright. The college will
then have an actual ambulance
they can use for emergency vehi-
cle operation courses (EVOC).
I've noted at prior meetings
how easy it is to excessively
spend other people's money and
have been critical when our com-
mission does so. Likewise, I feel it
is very worthwhile to make note
of when our resources are prop-
erly utilized by our local officials.

Paul Henry



ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Andrea Tonnell
Crumitie, 36, of
Monticello, was arrest-
ed February 2 and
charged with battery
and also had an out-
standing Columbia
County warrant for her
arrest charging her
with violation of pro-
bation on the charge of
possession of marijua-
na less than 20 grams
and violation of proba-
tion of the charge of
possession of drug
paraphernalia. Bond
was withheld and she
remained at the County
Jail February 7, await-
ing transport to
Columbia County to
face charges there.
Scott O.

Dedominicis, 51, of
Tallahassee, was
arrested February 2
and charged with pos-
session of marijuana
less than 20 grams and
possession of para-
phernalia. Bond was
set at $500 and he
remained at the County
Jail February 7.
Auntra D. Lamar,
27, of Jefferson County,
was arrested February
2 and charged with vio-
lation of probation on
two charges of driving
while license suspend-
ed and violation of pro-
bation on the charge of
possession of cannabis.
Bond was withheld and
he remained at the
County Jail February 7.
Harold L. Bryan, 40,
of Jefferson County,
was arrested February

2 and charged with
driving while license
suspended or revoked
and driving with an
expired license for
more than four months.
A total bond of $1,000
was set and he bonded
out of jail the same day.
Maurice T. Bellamy,
33, of Monticello, was
arrested February 3
and charged with bat-
tery, domestic. Bond
was withheld and he
remained at the
County Jail February
A juvenile was
arrested February 3
and charged with
grand theft of a motor
vehicle. The juvenile
was turned over to the
Department of
Juvenile Justice the
same day.

Bobby Jerome
Williams, 62, of
Jefferson County, was
arrested February 4
and charged with vio-
lation of probation on
the charge of battery.
Bond was withheld and
he remained at the
County Jail February
Johnny -Cuyler, 58,
of Monticello, was
arrested February 4
and charged with vio-
lation of probation on
the charge of posses-
sion of cannabis. Bond
was withheld and he
remained at the
County Jail February
Jason Delbert
Quiett, 26, of Perry,
FL, was arrested
February 6 and
charged with driving
under the influence
refusal to submit and
driving under the
influence. Bond was
set at $1,000 and he
bonded out of jail the
same day.
Hector Gustavo
Almendareza, 41, of
Jefferson County, was
arrested February 5
and charged with driv-
ing under the influ-
ence and driving while
license suspended or
revoked, knowingly.
Bond was set at $1,000
and he bonded out of
jail the following day.

To Retire Comfortably, Know Which Moves

to Make and When to Make Them
Provided by Robert J. Davison
We all want to enjoy a comfortable retirement. But
to do so, we need to make different moves, and consider
different issues, at different times of our lives.
To help illustrate this point, let's look at three individu-
als: Alice, who is just starting her career; Bob, who is
nearing retirement; and Charlie, who has recently retired.

Let's start with Alice. As a young worker, Alice most
likely has four decades ahead of her until she retires. Yet
she realizes that it's never too soon to start saving for re-
tirement, so she has already begun contributing to her
401(k) and to an IRA. And since she has so much time
ahead of her, she has decided to invest aggressively, put-
ting much of her contributions in growth-oriented vehi-
cles. The market will certainly have its "dips" in the
future, and Alice's account values could rise and fall from
year to year, but the longer she holds her investments,
the less of an impact that market extremes should have on
her 401(k), IRA and other accounts.

Now let's turn our attention to Bob. Since he is
within a few years of retirement, he has some key deci-
sions to make. For one thing, he must decide if it's time
to change the investment mix in his IRA, 401(k) and
other accounts. Because Bob doesn't have much time to
overcome market volatility, and since he'd like to maintain
the gains he has already achieved, he may decide to be-
come more conservative with his investments. Conse-
quently, he may choose to move some of his investment
dollars from stocks to bonds and other fixed-income se-
curities. Realizing, however, that he may spend two or
three decades in retirement, and knowing that he will
need to stay ahead of inflation, he doesn't abandon all his
growth-oriented investments. Furthermore, Bob decides
that he may need to bolster his retirement income, so he
considers whether an annuity, which is designed to pro-
vide him with an income stream he can't outlive, is ap-
propriate for his situation.

Our final "life stages" investor is Charlie. He has re-
cently retired, so his biggest concern is making sure he
doesn't outlive his'financial resources. Therefore, he may
need to consider a variety of moves. For starters, he
should determine when to start taking Social Security and
when to begin taking withdrawals from his IRA and
401(k) plans. [For a traditional IRA and a 401(k) or
other employer-sponsored plan, Charlie, like all investors,
must start taking withdrawals no later than age 70/2.]
After deciding when to start taking withdrawals from his
retirement plans, he'll also need to calculate how much he
can afford to take each year without emptying the ac-
counts. Finally, he might need to rebalance his overall in-
vestment portfolio to provide himself with more income.

For help in making the types of choices described
above, you may want to work with a financial profes-
sional, but in any case, you need to be prepared to take
the right steps, at the right times, to enjoy the retirement
lifestyle you've envisioned.

Robert J. Davison EdwardJones
Financial Advisor
205 E. Washington Street
Monticello, FL 32344
Bus. 850-997-2572 Fax 866-462-9184
Cell 850-933-3329
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Making Sense of Investing

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Division of Emergency Management
is cookingg for Twenty (20)
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Volunteers

i r r *J

CERT is similar to the old Civil Defense orgaizatllor from years ago; however It
concentrates on organizing and 'rainiiirg volunteers to work together and respond to
emergencies and disasters. The program is ,aarnized underthe Jefferson County Sheiffs
Office, Division of Emeryn:,- Mlanrvjerrni Tjir.tuh a yanri from the Federal Emergency
ManagementAgency (FEMA),

The CERT team is a valuable group in times of disaster, The 21-hour program will
teach you all aspects of disaster preparation and response forvolunteers, In.order to be part
of team, it is imperative that yi.'u ani:j the full session, The classes will be held for six
consecutive weeks every Thursday evening from 6:30 9:30 pm, starting on February
24, 2011 with a final drill on April 2, 2011 participating in a mock disaster that the newly
trained CERT members will work i oerrier and respond to.

The program concentrates on :eachin4 individuals how to prepare for emergencies,
work with local agencies, and work together on bringing ad to ,icums of a disaster,

No previous experience or physical fitness is required.

Participants must be at least' 6 years of age.

Applications will be taken :ln-sire at the Emergency Operations Center, 169 Industrial Park
Blvd. until February 17, 2011. Please note a Background Check will be conducted on all

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Call today (850) 342-0211 for more information to be partof the CERT team!



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Policy Changes

Cont. From Page 1


Cont. From Page 1

themes, rather than
hard set rules, in the
revised policy He was
speaking specifically to
Barfield's concern that
the county presently
didn't have an estab-
lished procedure for dis-
ciplinary actions, and
that the role of the per-
son doing the firing and
hiring of department
heads was nebulous at
S "The commission
has struggled with this
issue," Barfield said. "It
needs to be made clear
who does what."
Sniffen pointed out
that in the revised poli-
cy, disciplinary actions
would be centralized in
the coordinator's office
rather than in the indi-
vidual departments, for
the sake of consistency
and uniformity What
the board didn't want,
$niffen said, was for a
situation to develop
where an employee
!could charge that he or
she had been treated
unfairly or inconsistent-
ly. Hence, the several lay-
ers of checks and bal-
ances that were incorpo-
rated into the revisions,
he said.
The way the discipli-
nary process would
work, Sniffen said, was
that it would be similar
to the process employed
by school boards.
Meaning that if a
department head want-
ed to discipline an
employee, the depart-
ment head would recom-
mend the action to the
coordinator, '* with ,the
appropriate documenta-
tion supplied.
The coordinator
would then review the
information and decide
if the proposed action
was warranted, appro-
priate, and in keeping
with the policy and with
past actions. He said the
coordinator would then
respond accordingly -
approving, rejecting or
modifying the recom-
Insofar as discipli-
nary actions involving
power level personnel,
Sniffen said such deci-
sions would be handled
at the coordina-
tor/department head
levels, unless the action
involved a department
head or an issue that
threatened to escalate
into a grievance.
"This is a progres-
sive disciplinary
process," Sniffen said.
"You have a good coordi-
nator; you have to have
confidence that he is
doing the job and that

the workup to the act
has been done...Wt
the policy does is,
forces your staff
cover all the ba
before they bring
issue up to you."
Likewise for the 1
ing and firing of indiv
uals other than depe
ment heads, Snif
said. These matt
would be handled at
c o o r d in
tor/department he;
levels, with the bo;
kept generally appri
of the situation pur
for informational p
"You make a sl
between departm
heads and non dep;
ment heads," Snif
said. "You draw a li
Under the line, you do
get involved. You put
pressure on mana
ment to make good di
sions and you hold th
accountable for th
decisions. You're aw
of the decisions
you're not involved
the nitty-gritty"
With the hiring a
firing of departm
heads, however,
coordinator would mE
a recommendation, a
the board would u
mately decide the qu
tion up or down, Snif
"The commissi
remember, is the u
mate employer," Snif
said, adding, "A lot
the changes contempt
ed here are based
having a qualified co
ty coordinator. If N
have someone who
less than compete
these rules give you
power to mE
Hines Boyd, for o
wanted the word "mi
inserted into the eq
tion insofar as
board's participation
situations involving
termination or susp
sion of departm
heads. His argum
was that the board ne
ed to maintain flexib
ty, in terms of decid
whether, and un
what circumstances,
got involved in part
lar situations. But c
ers on the board, such
Barfield and Nels
argued for a more de:
itive policy
Schleicher said
too preferred the def
tive version. He s
flexibility would cre
a situation where
would have to weigh a
split hairs, insofar as
when and under w
circumstances he wo

Park Committee

ininistered by the
Florida Division of
Forestry under its urban
and community forest
Gardner said the
money would allow for
the installation of inter-
pretative signs and cre-
ation of an educational
trail in the 28-acre prop-
erty, located just west of
Water Street and adja-
cent to what used to be
the school district's old
bus barn, now an auto


The commercial val-
uation was zero, com-
pared with $380,287 in
December and zero in
January 2010.
And the valuation
for other permits (a cate-
gory that includes addi-
tions, re-roofs and non-
residential structures)
was $150,149, compared

paint and body shop.
"I feel confident we
have the points to get the
funding," Gardner said.
She said the applica-
tion needed the council's
approval so that it could
be submitted to the state
before the March 18
deadline. The committee
has until July 2012 to
show progress on the
development of the
park. July 2012, at least,
completes the three-
period that the state

ion refer matters to the in the ar
hat board. ordinance
it "If you paint in gray of Court
to areas, it creates prob- in. And
ses lems," Schleicher said. that did
the Nelson agreed. varied a
"Following proce- required
hir- dures to the letter, you and for
rid- eliminate getting egg on said.
art- your face and things Bird
fen coming back to haunt the board
ers you," he said. prepare a
the In terms of griev- that effect
a ances, Sniffen said the it, he said
ads new policy called for the On T
ard board to be kept Bird press
sed apprised of the situa- sionersw
'ely tion, but it took the nance
ur- board out of the loop, required
insofar as direct involve- bonding
split ment in the proceedings. constitute
ent "Under the old including
art- process, the board was ers. Birc
fen very much involved in remained
ne. the grievance process, sioners t
)n't which is not a good officers s
the thing," Sniffen said. ed and fo:
.ge- "You don't want your At pr
eci- board knowing all the
em blood and gut details, Car
ose because of the potential
are for litigation."vral
but Too, board involve- Several
in ment in the process playing c
would create the poten- of te re
and tial for a public specta- o a ei
ent cle, or a "ruckus", as he the chi
the called it. s
ake Sniffen said the new way
and policy kept the griev-children
ilti- ance at the coordina- slowing
aes- tor/department levels. t slowi
ffen And if it couldn't be the evon
resolved at those levels, asof Jev
on, it would go to an ran into
[lti- appointed grievance n int
fen board composed of three
of fair-minded, responsible T g
lat- employees. This board Leg
on would hear the case and
un- make recommendation which m
you to, ..tlhe ,coordinator nunitys'
,is whether the grievance concern!
int, should be sustained or tairint+
thie 're cijtte&d -af ow it strained
ake might be resolved, that ann
"The coordinator moe t
er would then make a final inre
ne, determination on theincr
mum st
ay" grievance," Sniffen said. cuts t
ua- And if the issue
the were to go to court, the funding;
in commission wouldn't be trial fun
the tainted with previous structio
)en- exposure to the case, he water trE
ent .said. ty in th
ent Tyler McNeil, with full rest
*ed- human resources in the dramatic
ili- Clerk of Courts office, solid wa
ing applauded the proposed convince
der changes. to contain
, it "This is leaps and public li
.cu- bounds ahead of where funding
)th- we are now," McNeil about h
as said. "There is no real library's
on, process in place now." Comi
fin- He likened the pro- tary Di
posed grievance board back in
he to the civil service the aid
ini- boards that larger coun- after suf:
aid ties in the state now uti- stating b
ate lize. bone -
he The commission is lined tl
and awaiting word from ahead.
Sto Sniffen for when it will "The
hat schedule the next work- beginning
uld shop on the policy et," Bail
is a new
Cont. From Page 1 believes
0i1uuIu i

gave Monticello for the
development of a park
when it awarded the city
a $200,000 grant for the
purchase of the proper-
Idella Scott heads the
park committee, whose
goal is to a convert the
wooded property into a
water theme/ecological
park that both serves an
educational function for
youths and also attracts
ecotourism one day

Cont. From Page 1

with $239,592 in
December and $267,775
in January 2010.
The Jefferson
County Planning and
Zoning Department,
meanwhile, issued four
permits and collected
$1,336.67 in January,
compared with eight
permits in December

and $5,214.13 collected.
In January 2010, the
department issued three
permits and collected
The planning
department collected a
total of $110.02 in fire
and ambulance impact
fees in January, the
same as in January 2010.

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said. "T
that the

'ea had a bond
e per se, Clerk
Kirk Reams put
those counties
require bonds
s to who was
to carry a bond
how much, he

agreed. But if
[ wanted him to
in ordinance to
ct he would do
hursday, Jan. 4,
rented commis-
ith a draft ordi-
creating the
tents for the
of the county's
ional officers,
g commission-
i said it only
i for commis-
to decide what
should be bond-
r how much?
esent, the Clerk

of Court and the Sheriff
are bonded; and the Tax
Collector supposedly
was at one time, but has
reportedly since
dropped the coverage.
Bird reiterated that
the public officials lia-
bility insurance general-
ly protected commis-
sioners, so long as they
performed their duties
faithfully and any
alleged misdeed wasn't
willful and intentional.
The bonds, on the other
hand, should be
reserved for those offi-
cers who handled large
sums of public money,
he said.
Commissioner John
Nelson agreed.
"My experience is
that you bond people
who are handling signif-
icant amounts of
money," Nelson said.

In the case of the
county officials, Nelson
suggested that those
individuals who should
be bonded were the
Clerk of Court, the
Property Appraiser and
the Tax Collector. And
the bond amount should
be equal to the highest
amount that'each han-
dled at any one time dur-
ing the year, he said,
The way it was left,
Reams was to work up
an estimate of the high-
est amounts that each of
the different constitu-
tional officers handled
at any one time and pro-
vide the information to
the commission, which
would then set the
amounts and decide
which officials should
be bonded.
The issue has yet to
be revisited.

Cont. From Page 1

children were
on the shoulder
adway in front
.ence and one of
ildren threw
.g into the road-

rooks saw the
and began
down. One of
Iren, identified
ite S. Hawkins,
person County,
I the roadway
he path of


irror the com-
s 'established
s, are' main
he fiscally con-
state funding
ually brings in
han $700,000;
ng, or at mini-
:opping more
seeking par-
ding for con-
n of a waste-
eatment facili-
e city; getting
oration of the
ally reduced
ste grant; and
.ng lawmaker
ue state aid to
braries, which
alf the local
mittee secre-
ck Bailar -
action, if with
of a walker,
fering a debili-
broken thigh-
succinctly out-
he challenges

fight is just
ig on the budg-
ar said. "This
governor who
unction like a
and whose
already up
ve to see how
rks out. But
need to do is to
;used on the
hat are critical
county At the
at the House
ate begin set-
their commit-
'II start going
st laying down
ndwork now."
kman offered
the current
ere of govern-
)erating as a
, the commit-
ld do well to
levant strate-
:tain its goals.
need to show
n and efficient
," Sparkman
'he reality is
Governor and
ure are looking

Seabrooks. ditch.
Seabrooks swerved H
to the right to avoid hit- ously
ting the child. Hawkins trans
was in the middle of the Tallah
roadway when he saw Hospi
the oncoming vehicle Seabr
and he attempted to run jured
back to the shoulder of F]
the road. the a
The left front side alcoh
fender of Seabrooks' Seabr
vehicle struck the a seat
child. Seabrooks' con- N
tinued to drive into the filed.

awkins was seri-
injured and
ported to
hassee Memorial
ital for treatment.
*ooks was unin-

HP reported that
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across the board, and
to 'them,;everybodyhas
fat. We -need to show
them,, that'. wea.have
already cut to the bare-
bones in the last sever-
al years. We need to
show them exactly
what we have done to
cut the fat. To just tell
them we're lean is not
enough; they hear that
from everybody. They
have to see how we do
without and that we've
been proactive. The
Governor is looking at
what kind of a busi-
ness we are."
All the same, the
committee shouldn't
overwhelm the
Governor and legisla-
tors with number and
statistics, but be judi-
cious in its presenta-
tions, offered Ron
Smith. He suggested
that a few representa-
tive examples were
often more effective
than a barrage of infor-
"The big numbers
can get overwhelm-
ing," he said.
Arbulu agreed on
both counts. The com-
mittee should posit its
arguments in terms
that were familiar and
business friendly, such
as "innovations,
obstacles overcome and
doing much with lit-
tle", she said.
"We have to paint
ourselves as a busi-
ness," Arbulu said.
John Lilly offered a
strategy that he said
had proven effective for
state agencies. That
strategy, he said, was to
provide lawmakers
with a one-page sum-
mary showing the
potential impacts of
proposal legislation on
a particular agency
and/or highlighting
the agency's successes.
It was the committee's
consensus that the sug-
gestion should be
incorporated in form of
"brag bullets" in the
booklets that the com-

mittee annually dis-
tributes ;to key, 'state
officials. -'
Oniaai,, differeRt
note, Smith suggested
that the committee
should rely on the lob-
bying power of organi-
zations such as the
Florida League of
Cities and Florida
Association of
Counties, but "not
walk in lockstep" with
these organizations, as
their larger interests
sometimes dictated
they compromised in
ways that were detri-
mental to the interests
of smaller counties.
"Their decisions
may not be to our ben-
efit," Smith said.
The committee
briefly discussed and
agreed to keep the
agriculture center in
the mix, even though
the likelihood of get-
ting funding for such a
facility in the current
economic atmosphere
are practically nil.
Barnhill also men-
tioned the devastating
effect that the
Governor's proposed
changes to the state's
pension system would
have on employee
morale and the
recruitment of quali-
fied new state workers
and suggested that the
committee should take
up the issue.
"It will be difficult
for me to recruit nurs-
es and doctors without
pensions as an incen-
tive," Barnhill said.
It was Bailar's
opinion, however, that
important as the issue
might be, it wasn't for
the committee to pur-
sue it.
"The scope of this
committee is financial
issues," Bailar said.
In the end, it was
the consensus that all
the group could really
do was wait, as every-
one else was doing,
until the Governor
revealed his proposed

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School District Pep Rally Meetings Scheduled

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
The Jefferson
County Title I Parent
Committee, along with
the Superintendent
and School Board
Members, will be host-
ing a series of area
"Pep Rally" meetings.
Committee members
will be on hand to pro-

vide information on
parent involvement
and upcoming activi-
ties to be held at
Jefferson Elementary
School and the
Jefferson County
Middle/High School.
School Superinten-
dent Bill Brumfield
will speak about dis-
trict endeavors and
will address questions
and concerns about

the education of your
child. Each School
Board District repre-
sentative will attend
his/her respective dis-
trict's area meeting.
There will be a sep-
arate Area Meeting in
each of the School
Board Districts.
The schedule, listing
the date, time and loca-
tion for each of the
school districts is as

*District 1 (Ed
Vollertsen) 6 p.m. on
Thursday, Feb. 24 at
New Bethel AME
Church, 6496 Ashville
*District 2 (Sandra
Saunders) 6 p.m. on
Thursday, Feb. 17 at
Bethel AME Church,
410 East York
*District 3 (Shirley

Local Veteran Organizations Gather

For One Goal, Fireworks

Washington) 6 p.m. on
Thursday, February 10
at Sweetfield
Missionary Baptist
Church, 3679 Old
Lloyd Road;
*District 4
(Marianne Arbulu) 10
a.m. on Saturday,
March 5, at the
Desmond Bishop
*District 5 (Charles
Boland) 5 p.m. on
Saturday, February 19
at Beth Paige
Missionary Baptist
Church, 379 Beth Page
The community,
and especially the par-

ents of county school
students, is encour-
aged -to attend your
district area meet-
ing... because your
involvement in your
child's education and
school is very impor-
tant. Your suggestions,
comments and ques-
tions are welcome.
"We hope to see
you at your Jefferson
County Parent
Committee Area Pep
Rally Meeting. Thank
you," Jefferson
County Parent
Involvement Commit-

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ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Six Jefferson
County veteran's organ-
izations came together
recently to form one
committee; a committee
to collect funds for the
2011 Fourth of July
The organizations
include: Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 251,
VFW Post 251 Ladies
Auxiliary, American
Legion Post 49; and the
Sons of the Legion.
The committee per-
sons include: Post 251
Adjutant Sam Madison
Sr; Post 251 Auxiliary
President Mary
Madison; Post 251
Auxiliary Past
Treasurer Alberta
Barnhart; Post 49
District Commander
Buddy Westbrook; Post
251 Past Commander
John Nelson Sr; and
SAL Commander-
/Fireworks Program
Manager Bubba
Though funds are
coming in steadily to the
fireworks account,
much more will be need-
ed in order to assure an
awesome fireworks dis-
play and other activities
for the Fourth of July
This is the first com-
mittee of its kind to
gather together to
accomplish one goal, a
goal that will involve the
whole community
Fireworks accounts
have been set up for
direct deposit at Capital
City Bank and at
Farmer's and
Merchants Bank under:
American Legion
Fireworks Fund, or send
your generous donation
to Tom Hogle at 180
South Cherry Street,
Monticello, FL 32344 or
call 850-0438 for receipt
of your gift.

Picture Submitted
Members of the Veterans Fourth of July Committee are pictured from left
to right seated: Alberta Barnhart, Mary Madison and John Nelson. Left to
right standing are: Sam Madison Sr, Bubba Bulloch and Buddy Westbrook.

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Daniel "Dan"
Burkett Glass, age 90, a
retired State of Florida
Administrator passed
away Saturday,
February 5, 2011
in Cairo, Georgia.
A graveside service
was held on Monday,
February 7, 2011, at
2:00 p.m. at Ever-
green Cemeteryin

Greenville, Florida.
Dan was a native of
Pansy, Alabama and
had lived
in Monticello, Florida.
He was a U.S. Navy
Seabees, and was of
Presbyterian faith.
He is survived by
very close friends: Sarah
Pafford, Faye West,
Kayla Warren, Teresa

Warren and extended
family Michelle and
John West.
Beggs Funeral
Home Monticello Chapel
at 485 East Dogwood
Street, Monti-
cello, Florida 32345; 850-
997-5612; beggschmonti-
handled the arrange-
ments for the family.


Burlene Joan
Kinsey, age 77, a life-
long resident
of Monticello,
Florida passed away
in Thomasville,
Georgia on Sunday,
February 6, 2011.
A graveside service
was held on
'Wednesday, February
9, 2011 at the
Elizabeth Cemetery in
Monticello at 4 p.m.
Mrs. Kinsey was of
Baptist faith and a

member of
the Elizabeth Baptist
Church. She is sur-
vived by two sons:
James "Jimmy"
Kinsey and Michael
"Mike" (Sherry)
Kinsey of Monticello;
two daughters: Joy
(Jerry) Shelley of Lake
Marry, Florida and
Cheryl Kinsey
of Thomasville, Georgia
; eight grandchildren:
Jason, Jamie, Joe,
Jenny, Kevin, Tammy,

Mallory and Michael;
and one brother Grigg
(Barbara) Finney of
North Carolina. Her
husband James Kinsey
preceded her in death.
Beggs Funeral
H o m e
Monticello Chapel, 485
East Dogwood Street,
Monticello, Florida 323
45; 850-997-5612; beg-
lo@embarqmail.com is
handled the arrange-
ments for the family.

John Sidney Linton, his over-50-year-career in retired to the Florida
age 77, passed away on the printing industry for panhandle later that
Friday, February 4, 2011 the Monticello same year.
in Tallahassee, Florida. Newspaper. After school, Mr. Linton is sur-
Funeral service was held he worked as a printer's vived by his loving wife
on Wednesday, February assistant to Mr. Edwin Nancy Linton of
9, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Beggs "Wiggy". Farr. During Panacea, Florida; three
Funeral, Home the 1950s, Mr. Linton sons Jeffrey Linton of
Monticello 'Chapel, 485 moved to New York City Troy, New York, Thomas
East Dogwood Street in where he founded his Linton of
Monticello, Florida 32345; own printing company, Charlottesville, Virginia
850-997-5612; beg- which produces business and Gregory Linton of
g sc h m o n t i c e 1 documents for the bank- Craryville, New York;
lo@embarqmail.com big and insurance indus- one daughter Jennifer
The fami'.v.,rec ed-,- tr'"es. t""Lipton of Tallahassee:
frientcr hou' prior to Mr.l Linton was a one sister Mary Butler of
the services. Interment lover of history and Tallahassee,"rVd seven
followed the service at embraced his own fami- grandchildren.
Roseland Cemetery ly's history very closely Donations may be
He was a native of In 2008, he felt very fortu- made in Mr. Linton's
Monticello. During his nate to have inherited name to the American
youth he worked as a bag land that was his moth- Heart Association, 2851
boy at the Dixie Hotel in er's family homestead, Remington Green Circle
Monticello, for Mrs. Rebecca Cooksey. John #C, Tallahassee, Florida
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Grayson David
Harrell passed away on
Saturday, February 5,
2011. Visitation was
held on Wednesday,
February 9, 2011 from 6
to 8 p.m. at Bevis
Funeral Home,
Harvey-Young Chapel
in Crawfordville; 850-
926 3 33 ;
Funeral Services
will be held on
Thursday, February 10,
2011 at 12:34 p.m. at
Wacissa Pentecostal
Holiness Church in
Wacissa, Florida.
Burial will follow at
the West Sopchoppy
Cemetery in
Sopchoppy, Florida.
Officiating will be
Rev. John Cain and
Elder Bruce Taylor.

Pallbearers will .be
Greg Harrell, Tommy
Lilliston, Barney
Harrell and Kennis.
He is survived by
his parents Gregory
David and Lori Ann
Harrell; a sister Mattie
Monroe Harrell; pater-
nal grandparents
Barney and Diane
Harrell of Sopchoppy;
maternal grandpar-
ents Tommy and
Melinda Lilliston of
Waukeenah, Florida;
paternal great-grand-
parents Bill and Lois
Gillespie, Las Vegas,
Nevada; his aunts
Staci and Anton
Fendrick, Melissa and
Gordon Millender,
Jeanie Harrell and
Rebecca and Chris

Hewett; and his
cousins Maci and Lilli
Fendrick and Logan
Cook. He was loved
and will be cherished
by many other family
and friends.
He is predeceased
by his maternal great-
grandparents Mattie
Lou and Dick Poppell,
his paternal great-
grandparents Barney
and Pauline Harrell
and his maternal
Tom and Ann Lilliston.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be
made to an account set
up at Centennial Bank
in Grayson's name.


the fellowship hall for
lunch and a meeting
with a program and
speaker. Contact
President Bill Watson at
850-997-2591 or member
Mary Frances Gramling
at 850-997-3657 for more
Monticello Jamboree is
held 7 to 11 p.m. every
Friday evening at 625
South Water Street, just
three blocks north of the
American Legion Otto
Walker Post 49. Enjoy
the evening with friends
and family for some
good clean fun and danc-
ing to a live band, great
music and a big dance
floor. For questions or
concerns contact
Morgan at 850-933-8138
or Bobby Connell at 850-
445-0049. There will be
doorprizes, cold soft
drinks and snacks.
Scarlett O'Hatters will
meet at 11:30 a.m. on
Saturday at the
Monticello Pizza
.Kitchen on Dogwood
Street. The theme will
be Mardi Gras. All Red
Hat ladies are asked to
decorate your hats and
facemasks accordingly
as you will be judged
and prizes will be given.

For more information
contact Uptain at 850-
Share the Love Day will
be held on Saturday at
One Heart Earth Center.
Enjoy a delightful day of
sharing what makes
you happy. Bring and
wear what you really
love.., clothes, jewel-
ry, photographs, stories,
poems, memories. You
will have the opportuni-
ty to tell the group all
about your cherished
items. A potluck lunch
will be served. OHEC is
a 501 c 3 non-profit. For
more information call
850-997-7373 or go to
FCAT Blitz Camp is
held 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on
Saturday thru April at
the JCMHS Camp is
free of charge and is
designed to help stu-
dents achieve higher
levels on the new
FCAT. Transportation
is available by calling
School Board
Chairperson Sandra
Saunders at 850-997-
3555 or 850-567-0064.
The TCC Extended Day
Program sponsors

Jefferson Soil and Water
Conservation Board will
meet at 11:30 a.m. on the
second Thursday of the
month in the Jefferson
County Extension Office
conference room.
Dorothy P. Lewis, secre-
tary/treasurer, reports
the meeting is open to
the public.
Altrusa meets at noon
on the second and fourth
Thursday of each month
for a meal and a meeting
at the Jefferson Senior
Citizen Center. Contact
the Chamber at 850-997-
5552 for more informa-
AA meetings are held
weekly at 8 p.m. on
Thursday at the Christ
Episcopal Church
annex, 425 North Cherry
Street. For more infor-
mation call 997-2129 or
Jefferson County Title I
Parent Involvement
Committee School
District 3 Member
Shirley Washington will
host an area "Pep Rally"
meeting, along with
School Superintendent
Bill Brumfield, 6 p.m. on
Thursday, at Sweetfield
Missionary. Baptist
Church, 3679 Old Lloyd
Road, to provide infor-
mation on parent
involvement and upcom-
ing activities to be held
at Jefferson Elementary
j ~i.1and the Jefferson
'.- p lt ddle 'High
S UjtBiiurnield will
speak about district
endeavors and* will
address questions and
concerns about the edu-
cation of your child.
Rockin' For Robert bene-
fit from 5 to 9 p.m. on
Friday at the Monticello
Opera House, hosted by
Just Breathe. Join with
others to celebrate life
in memory of Robert
Loveless, Feb. 11, 1993 -
Oct. 6, 2010.
Celebrate life with oth-
ers by attending an
. evening filled with lots
of planned fun, includ-
ing a live band, some
great food, raffles and
gift basket giveaways.
Donations will be col-
lected at the door the
night of the event. All
donations raised will
help raise awareness for
the Texas Childreii's
Hospital and transplant
Rotary meets at 12 p.m.
on Friday at the First
Presbyterian Church in

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Colin Thomas Rolfe,
age 72, of Greenville,
Florida died peacefully
amidst loving family
members on Saturday,
February 5, 2011. There
will be an informal cele-
bratory memorial serv-
ice for Colin at the
Monticello Opera House
on Wednesday, February
9, 2011 at 1 p.m.
He was born on
January 22, 1939 in
Sidcup, Kent, England
and moved to the United
States in 1954. He was an
avid pilot, world traveler,
golfer and all-around
comedian. Everyone
who knew Colin realized
that they were incredi-
bly lucky He was a spe-

cial man and one whose
memory will not fade
quickly or easily
Colin is survived by
his children Mark, Craig
and Jill, as well as his
two siblings June and
Irn lieu of flowers
donations may be sent to
the American Cancer
Society, or to your local


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The North Florida
Broadband Authority
is bringing high-speed
Internet access to the
Jefferson County com-,
munity. NFBA staff
members held a public
meeting at 6 p.m. on
Tuesday, Feb. 8 at the
Jefferson County
Courthouse Annex,
435 West Walnut
Street. Those attend-
ing found out what
this life-changing proj-
ect means to Jefferson
Property Apprai-
ser Angela Gray is
pleased to notify the
public that two new

mapping layers have
been added to the web-
site. The public can
now see the City of
Monticello Zoning and
Historic District Maps
online. In addition to
the new City Zoning
and Historic District
layers, the website
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information for the
public and property
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your hands? Want to
get involved with the
Chamber and in the
community? Here's
your chance. The
Chamber and other
local organizations are
looking for volun-
The Chamber
could use one or two
volunteers to answer
phones. And, the sec-
ond annual Chamber
Chili Challenge, spon-
sored by Tobacco Free
Jefferson County, is
coming up on Friday
evening, March 11 and
volunteers will be
needed to set up, take
tickets, and clean
up. Contact the
Chamber at
info@monticelloj effer
sonfl.com or 850-997-
5552 if you can help.
Southern Music
Rising ,will be held
Friday, April 15 and
Saturday, April 16.
This year promises to
be even better than
last year's festival.
SMR depends on a
large group of volun-
teers to make the festi-
val a success. If you
are interested in par-
ticipating, or in mak-
ing a donation, con-
tact Bill Hopkins at

A few February
happenings include:
Tupelo's Bakery &
Caf6 is hosting a "How
To Make Truffles"
cooking class;
Chamber After 5 will
be hosted by
Assistance, Inc; the
Monticello Woman's
Club is offering a
"Country Dinner";
and the Monticello
Opera House Stage
Company presents
"Steel Magnolias"
with dinner catered
by Carrie Ann & Co. at
the Mays House. For
more information on
the before mentioned
happenings, and for
other important dates,
visit theChamber cal-
endar page or call the
Chamber at 850-997-
JCKC Poker Room
and Dog Track opened
on Friday, Jan. 28 with
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Monday through
Saturday 7 to 11
p.m. For more infor-
mation call the office
at 850-997-2561.
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Lady Warriors Split Final Two Of Regular Season

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
The Aucilla
Christian Academy var-
'sity Lady Warriors split
the final to games of the
regular season last week
to wrap up on a 13-11

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ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
The Opera House
Stage Co. proudly pres-
ents 'Steel Magnolias'
at the Monticello
Opera House on Friday
and Saturday, Feb. 18,
19, 25, 26 and March 4
and 5. There will be an
'afternoon matinee on
Feb. 27.
This is the play
,that became the much-
loved movie starring
Dolly Parton, Sally
,Field and Julia
'Roberts. Living and
loving in the small
town South, this is a
classic tale of six
strong women facing
marriage, coming of
age and just aging.
Comedy and tragedy
combine in this award
winning drama.

record for the year.
Coach Daryl Adams
said that he did not have
a statistician during the
game against, Georgia
Christian, January 27, so
all he could provide was
how many points each
player scored.

Aucilla lost the game
in a close 43-39 score-
Sarah Sorensen scored
three points.
Tiffany Funder-
burke netted for six
Nikki Hamrick buck-
eted for seven points.
Sunnie Sorensen
scored two points.
Abigail Vasquez net-
ted for three points.

Anna Finlayson scored
four points.
Kaitlin Jackson
bucketed for seven
During the final
game of the regular sea-
son against Madison,
January 28, the Lady
Warriors inched the
Lady Cowboys for a 37-36
Sarah Sorensen
scored two points with

bruary 18 VITA In Jeffe

,Dinner, catered by
Carrie Ann & Co.
Custom Catering, is
available before the
evening shows; and
lunch will be available
before the matinee; by
advance reservation
only. All tickets are dis-
counted for Opera
House members.
Advance reservations
are needed for dinner
or lunch.
Evening shows,
doors: open at 6:30 p.m.,
dinner is served at 7:00
p.m. and the
show begins at 8:00
p.m.. For the matinee,
the doors open at 12:30
p.m., lunch is at. 1:00
p.m. and the
show begins at 2:00
p.m. For more infor-
mation call the Opera
House office at 850-997-

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
It's tax season
again and the United
Way's BEST Project is
offering free
Volunteer Income Tax
Assistance (VITA,)
which helps residents
in Jefferson County
keep all of their tax
refund, as well as
credits and deduc-
tions. All individuals
and families, regard-
less of household
income, are encour-
aged to. take advan-
tage of this free tax
preparation and fil-
Trained IRS volun-
teers will be available
to help from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. and every other
Saturday through

April 2, at the
Jefferson County
Bailar Public Library,
375 South Water Street
in Monticello.
This is an impor-
tant component of
(Believe, Earn, Save,
and Thrive.) Many
community partners
work together to pro-
vide the residents of
Jefferson County and
the Big Bend with
proactive and collabo-
rative solutions to
improve their long-,
term financial stabili-
ty and quality of life.
The VITA effort is
a fast and free tax
service that helps res-
idents avoid predatory
income tax preparers
and costly refund
anticipation loans.

five. rebounds and one
blocked shot.
Funderburke target-
ed for 15 points and had
seven rebounds:
Hamrick netted for
six points, with two
rebounds and two steals.
Finlayson bucketed for
five points with four
Jackson bucketed for
six points, snagged 11
rebounds, with eight

assists, two steals and-
two blocked shots.
Kinsley scored one
point with five rebounds
and two steals.
Vasquez snagged
three steals.
The Lady Warriors
began competing in the
District Tournament
Tuesday evening against
Malone. Adams said he
fully expected a tough-
played game.

rson County
VITA volunteers work tion of the $5 million
to ensure that eligible in unclaimed EITCs to
families take advan- Big Bend citizens who
tage of the EITC and have earned them.
other cred- The EITC could be
its/deductions, which worth thousands of
can increase a fami- dollars to a qualified
ly's annual income up taxpayer. In fact,
to 15 percent. Thanks unclaimed EITCs can
to 143 volunteers, 3,761 still be claimed
tax returns were filed retroactively for up to
through VITA for the three years back.
2009 tax year resulting Millions of extra dol-
in $4.4 million in total lars from EITC
refunds and, more returns help stimulate
than $564,000 in tax the local economy and
preparation fee sav- are reinvested into the
ings. In just six years, Big Bend.
12,443 people got their For more informa-
taxes prepared for free tion contact Megan
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adds up to a $14.6 mil- initiatives associate
lion economic impact with the United Way
on the Big Bend. of the Big Bend, at
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MS Warriors Wrap Up Season 15-1

ECB Publishing
"Staff Writer
The Aucilla
Christian Academy mid-
die school Warriors
wrapped up the season
with a 15-1 record after
winning five and losing
their first game of the
season during the final
six games.
When the young
Warriors faced off
against Brookwood on
the hardwood, January
11, Aucilla bounced their
opponent for, a 30-19 vic-
Leading the score-
board of the game were
Ricky Finlayson with a
whopping 13 points.
Timmy Burrus buck-
eted for nine points with

three assists and three
ACA squared off
against Seven Hills
January 14 and drilled
their opponent for a 36-27
Leading the young
Warriors in statistics
were Burrus, who target-
ed for 13 points.
Justin Welch netted
for four points.
Austin Bentley snagged
eight rebounds.
The young Warriors
faced off against
Madison Academy
January 20 and ACA
mauled their opponent
for a 39-14 victory.
Austin Bishop buck-
eted for ten points.
SWelch netted for four

Burrus scored six
points, with six rebounds
and three steals.
Hunter Handley net-
ted for five points, with
four assists and three
When the young
Warriors faced off
against Brookwood
January 21, ACA suf-
fered their first and only
loss of the season to a
close 34-30 scoreboard.
Finlayson bucketed
for 11 points.
Burrus targeted for
14 points, with six steals
and three assists.
Nick Roberts
snagged 11 rebounds.
ACA squared off
against Community
Christian January 25 and
the young Warriors came

JV Warriors Slam Munroe

out on top of a 20-16
Finlayson netted for
three points.
Roberts scored four
Bishop netted for
four points.
Bentley targeted for
five points.
Burrus scored four
In the final game of
the season the young
Warriors hit the hard-
wood against Georgia
Christian and Aucilla
downed their opponent
for a 34-28 win.
Burrus targeted for
14 points, with three
assists and six steals.
Roberts bucketed for
ten points and had six
Finlayson netted for
six points, with three
assists and three steals.
Carson Nennstiel
grabbed three assists.

Roster Released For

JV Lady Warriors Softball

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
The roster has been
determined for the junior
varsity Lady Warriors
softball team.
There are 21 young
ladies on the team this
They include ninth
graders Jessica Welch,
Marisa Duber, Elizabeth
Cone, Victoria Brock and
Kayla Fulford.
Maddie Everette is
the lone eighth grader on
the team.
Seventh graders
include Taylor Copeland,
Emma Witmer, Courtney
Watts, Gaige Winchester,
Meagan Giddens and Ally
Sixth graders on the
team include Kelly Home,
Ramsey Sullivan, Natalie

Sorensen, Call Burkett,
Hannah Lewis, Dena
Bishop,. Casi Mills,
Brittany Hughes and
Summerlyn Marsh.
Serving as the head
coach of the JV Lady
Warriors is Mary Beth
S Assistant coaches
include Danny Deason,
Kevin Horne and J'son
Action begins on the
diamond against Madison
Central, February 10 at 5
p.m. in Madison; Madison
County, February 14 at
4:30 p.m. at ACA; Lincoln,
February 15 at 4 p.m.,
away; Madison Academy,
February 18.at 3:30 p.m. at
ACA; Florida High,
February 21 at 5 p.m.,
away; and Maclay,
February 22 at 4 p.m.,

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
The Aucilla
Christian Academy jun-
ior varsity Warriors
slammed Munroe
January 21 for an
impressive. 51-17 victory
to now stand 10-4 on the
As a team the
Warriors netted 19 of 44
attempts from the field,
hit two of four attempts
from the three-point
zone and bucketed
seven of .22 attempts
from the free throw line
for 51 points.
Brad Holm missed
one attempt from the
field. He had two
assists, two 'offensive
and one defensive
rebound for a total of
three rebounds, with
one block/steal.
Jared Jackson buck-
eted two of six attempts
from the field and hit
four of six attempts
from the free throw line
for eight points. He had
two assists, two offen-
sive and two defensive
rebounds for a total of
four rebounds with one
.Jay Dickey missed
one attempt from the
field. He had one offen-
sive and two defensive
rebounds for a total of
three rebounds.
Tres Copeland tar-
geted seven of eight

attempts from the field,
missed two attempts
from the three-point
zone and hit one of four
attempts from the free
throw line for 15 points.
He had two assists, two
offensive and two defen-
sive rebounds for a total
of four rebounds, with
ten block/steals and one
Hans Sorensen net-
ted three of nine
attempts from the field,
missed two attempts
from the three-point
zone and hit one of six
attempts from the, free
throw linR for seven
points. He had one
assist, five offensive and
one defensive rebound
for a total of six
rebounds with six
block/steals and one
Brandon Holm
missed one attempt
from the field and buck-
eted one attempt from
the three-point zone for
three points. He had one
assist, one defensive
rebound and one
Casey Demott sunk
two of three attempts
from the field for four
points. He had one
block/steal and one
Robbie Tenney
missed four attempts
from the field, hit one
attempt from the three-
point zone and missed

four attempts from the
free throw line for three
points. He had two
assists and one
Kaleb Wyche target-
ed three attempts from
Sthe field and hit one of
two attempts from the
free throw line for stven
points. He had one
assist, with one offen-
sive rebound and two
Austin Malloy
missed one attempt
from the field. He had
two assists, two offen-
sive and one defensive
rebound for a total of
three rebounds with
one block/steal.
Braden Mattingly
hit one of two attempts
from the field for two
points. He had two
offensive and one defen-
sive rebound for a total
of three rebounds.
Josh Wood missed
one attempt from the
field, had two assists
with one block/steal
and one turnover.
Ryan Rivers bucket-
ed one attempt from the
field for two points. He
had one assist and one
Sammy Ritter
missed one attempt
from the field and had
two defensive rebounds.
Cody Ledford
missed two attempts
from the field and had
one offensive rebound.


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NFCC Stands Out As Leader In Student Learning Measures
NFCC Recognized Nationally And Statewide For Providing Students With High Quality Teaching And Learning Opportunities

North Florida
Community College was
among eleven colleges
in The Florida College
System (FCS) and more
than 650 community
colleges nationwide to
participate in the 2010
Community College
Survey of "Student
Engagement (CCSSE), a
national student survey

used to measure
institutional practices
and student behaviors
that are closely related
to student learning and
retention. On the
national level, NFCC's
CCSSE scores landed
NFCC a spot as one of
the nation's -"Top 50
Community Colleges"
in the

issue of Washington
Monthly magazine. Just
as impressive, NFCC
emerged as the leader of
the eleven Florida
colleges who
participated from the
"Findings indicate
that many Florida
colleges are at or above

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the national average for
the CCSSE cohorts in
active and collaborative
learning, student effort,
academic challenge,
interactions, and
support for learners.
However, one college
stood out. North Florida
Community College
scored well above the
average on every
measure," stated FCS in
its December 2010
edition of Zoom: CCSSE
Among its fellow
Florida colleges, NFCC
scored the highest in
each of the five
benchmarks that
CCSSE uses to evaluate
effective education
practices active and
collaborative learning;
student effort; academic
challenge; student-
faculty interactions;
and support for
learners proving that
students feel
comfortable at NFCC,
that they feel actively
involved on campus and
challenged to learn and
be creative; that they
can easily communicate
with NFCC instructors;
and that they have the
support they need to
NFCC President
John Grosskopf is not
surprised that NFCC
did so well on the
CCSSE survey.
"We constantly hear
positive feedback from
our students." said

Grosskopf. "They
enjoy the friendly
atmosphere of our
campus while
knowing that
NFCC provides
them with the
highest quality
equal to or beyond :
that of larger
According to
the 2010 CCSSE
colleges must
respond to Photo Submitted
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performance, andprogram.

from state and
federal governments,
governing boards,
organizations, and the
public. Across the
nation, community
colleges are being
expected to emphasize
assessment and
improvement of student
retention and student
scores and positive
student assessment are
proof' that NFCC ,is
fulfilling its mission to
provide quality
teaching and learning
opportunities while
responding to these ever
increasing expectations.
"I am continually
impressed with -the
aualitv of instruction

and learning that takes
place at NFCC," said
Michael R. Williams,
Chairman of the NFCC
Board of Trustees. "For
that quality to be
recognized on a
national level and being
compared to much
larger schools is
outstanding. I applaud
our administration,
faculty, staff, and
students for this
For more
information about
NFCC, visit
www.nfcc.edu or contact
the college at (850) 973-
2288. More information
about The Florida
College System can be
found at

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9472 South Jefferson Highway, Capps
U.S.19 @Highway 27
850-997-1066, 850-345-8623
Pastor /Teacher Charles G. Smith, Sr.
Sunday School...........................9:45 AM
Sunday Morning Worship..........11:oo AM
2nd Sunday Youth........................:oo AM
4th Sunday Service......................8:00 PM
Tuesday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study..............................7:00 PM

328 W. Walnut Street Monticello
Pastor Wayne Cook 997-5545
Sunday Praise & Worship...........8:30 AM
Sunday School............................:45 AM
Traditional Worship..................11:oo AM
Youth Group........... .............5:30 PM
Bible Study..................................4:15 PM
Music Academy...........................5:00 PM
Prayer Group Meeting.................5:15 PM

14492 waueena /.U. ox 411
Wacissa 997-2179 or 997-1769
Pastor James Gamble
Sunday School............................9:45 AM
Sunday Morning.......................10:55 AM
Sunday Bible Study...................6:30 PM
Prayer Meeting............................6:30 PM
Youth Group.................................6:oo PM
Choir Practice.................................. 7:30 PM

7150 Apalachee Pkwy Tallahassee
Pastor Derrick Burrus 850-345-0425
Youth Pastor Ron Thrash 850-459-6490
Sunday School.........................10:oo AM
Sunday Worship......................11:oo AM
Children's Chapel.......................11:oo AM
Sunday Evening.........................6:00 PM
Wednesday Evening;..................7:oo PM
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study .
Classes for. Students

US 19 N 1590 N. Jefferson Street
Rev. Timothy Hildreth 997-3906
1285 Magnolia Ave.

Sunday School..................................9:45 AM
Morning Worship..........................10:45 AM
Wednesday Evening
Supper.................................... ..... ........5:30 PM
Small Group Breakout.....................6:30 PM
Bible Study & Prayer Meeting............6:30 PM
Spanish Church Services..................:.7:30 PM

4124 Bassett Dairy Rd Monticello 997-8444
Email: ebcmonticello@hcsmail.com
Dr Dean Spivey, Pastor
Student Pastor, Don Self
Sunday Worship Service..............8:30 AM
Sunday: Bible Study.....................9:45 AM
Worship Service.......................11:oo AM
Choir Practice...............................6:00 PM
Worship Service..........................7:00 PM
Children/Student Ministry...........3:30 PM
Senior Adult Choir Practice...........7:00 PM
RA's, GA's, Mission Friends & Youth.6:oo PM
Bible Study/Prayer Meeting...........6:00 PM

425 North Cherry Street Monticello 997-4116
Rev. Buzz Yarborough
Communicating the Good News of Jesus Christ since 1840
Sunday 9:oo AM............Adult and Children Sunday School
10:oo AM ................................Holy Eucharist
Nursery provided for children under 5

124 St. Louis Street Lloyd 997-5309
Pastor George L. Smith
Sunday School..............................9:15 AM
Praise & Worship.......................l0:30 AM
Youth & College........................5:30 PM
Praise & Worship...................6:00 PM
Adult Choir...................................7:00 PM
W orship.....................................7:00 PM
1st & 3rd Monday

Ladies Bible Study......................:.6:30 PM
2nd Thursday
W .W Diners................................. 5:30 PM
2nd Thursday
Lloyd Silver Saints...................11:oo AM
3rd Saturday
Brotherhood..............................8:oo AM

Victory In Jesus

Rev. Dr. Dean Spivey,
Elizabeth Baptist Church
2 Cor 2:14 One of my
favorite songs is,
"Victory in Jesus." The
last part of verse three
says, "and some sweet
day I'll sing up there the
song of victory." Every
servant of God faces
hardships and setbacks.
Some are because of his
shorts comings and
some are not. Yet our
Lord always leads us in
His triumphant posses-
sion so that even our set-
backs become part of
His victorious march.
He alone is able to turn
defeat into victory The
key for us is to be faith-
ful. Prov.24:10
If anyone knew
about discouragement

and depression it was
Paul. He had no rest in
his spirit even though he
had been given a door to
preach the gospel. He
knew what sleepless
nights were like and he
was well acquainted
with adversaries. What
was it that kept Paul out
of the dungeon of
despair? How did he
wade though the slough

Valentine's Day

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ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Elizabeth Baptist Church youth will sponsor a
Valentine's Day Banquet on Monday evening, Feb.
14. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall,
4124 Bassett Dairy Road.
-.. ,A delectable meal will be served with a wide
selection of homemade dessets to chtiO fro] For
entertainment the youth will pefformn i'Ralio Play.
with a gospel message that will 1rem ind one 'of the
"private eye" radio shows of days gone by.
This evening will provide the attendees with the
opportunity to help the youth with their summer
camp expenses, so donations will be accepted.
The youth summer camp trip is scheduled for
the week of June 13 17. They will be attending the
Southern Baptist sponsored Lifeway Camp
Centrifuge, at the Shalamar Retreat Center in
Panama City Beach.
Students who attended last year had an amazing
and worshipful experience. The goal of the church
this year is to take even more students. Students are
age seventh through twelfth grades.

Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc
63 Tinnel Road
Monticello, FL. 32344
District Elder Tony Lane, Pastor.
Bible Schpol ...................... .................................9:45AM
Morning Worship...................... ........................ ....1:oo AM
Missiohary Wings of Prayer.....................................5:00 PM
Noonday Prayer............... ............................12:00 PM
Mid-Week Church Fasting Day
First Wednesday
Praise and Worship.................................................... 7:30 PM
Second and Third Wednesday
Prayer..............................................7: PM
Bible Class................................................................... 7:30 PM
Fourth Wednesday
Business M eeting....................................................... 7:30 PM
1st, 3rd, 5th Saturday
Prayer................................. ..........................................9:00 AM
M morning Prayer. ...............................................6:oo AM
(from home with deacon wives)

780 Second Street Monticello 997-4947
Moderator J.B. Duval, Pastor
Worship Services 2nd and 4th Sundays
Sunday School (every Sunday)....9:3o AM
Sunday Worship.........................11:oo AM
Children's Worship....................11:oo AM
Fellowship Meal..........................6:30 PM
Prayer Meeting/Bible Study.......7:oo PM

1565 East Washington Street
Monticello 973-2428
(One mile east of the Court House on US 9o)
Fr. Viet Tan Huynh
Sunday Mass.............................11:oo AM
Wed. followed by Novena............7:00 PM
1st & 3rd Saturday
Spanish Mass................................ 7:00 PM

of despondency? What
was it that made him so
determined? How did he
maintain a sense of joy
even in the worst of cir-
cumstances? He had
learned a secret that we
all must learn sodner or
later 'life'will get to us.
He had learned to view
his life from God's per-
spective. In spite of the
setbacks Paul knew that
some how some way God
was leading him toward
the end where he would
be in the immediate
presence of the One who
died for him. He knew
that all the hardships
and adversaries would
be worth it when he
reached his final desti-
nation. Paul had experi-
enced the unfailing love
of God in Christ. He

knew beyond any doubt
that God loved him so
much that He sent His
Son to die for him and he
was willing to die if nec-
essary He also knew that
God was completely in
control of all events in
his life no matter how
difficult or burdensome.
He knew that all that
came his way was an
opportunity for him to
trust in God. He knew
that when he trusted
God, Christ would be
glorified, he would be
blessed, and the victory
would be even sweeter. If
we would learn and live
like Paul did (by faith)
we too can sing "Victory
in Jesus" with heartfelt
See you Sunday,
Bro. Dean Phil.1:6



ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
First Baptist Church
Monticello has organ-
ized an emergency
Clothes closet to help
relieve the .anguish, of
:those who were facing,
or are facing, an imme-
diate catastrophe, and at
the same time restore
hope that would other-
wise perish.
The clothes closet is
open on Wednesdays and
Thursday from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m., preferably on
Wednesday. Anyone in
need will have to go

through the church
office. If it is an emer-
gency, call the church at
850-997-2349 or contact
Coordinator Karen O.
directly at 850-464-1062.
The -clothing closet
has a wide variety of
clothing in all sizes and
including maternity,
infant, extra small and
extra large.
A clothing giveaway
date is in the planning
stages and will be
announced as soon as
the ministry gets a date
Rev. Dr. Rick Kelley,

7369 Boston Hwy.
Bro. Art Beal, Interim Pastor

Sunday Bible Study.........................10:oo AM
Sunday Worship.................................11:oo AM
Sunday Evening............................ .... 6:00 PM
Bible & Prayer Meeting....................... 7:00 PM
D 5 A

325 West Washington Street
Monticello 997-2349
Dr. Rick Kelley, Pastor
Sunday School.............................9:45 AM
Sunday Morning Worship.........11:oo AM
Sunday Evening Worship...........6:00 PM
Wednesday Bible Study..............6:30 PM
Children's Church Ages 4-6....11:30 AM
-Nursery for all services-

625 Tindell Road Aucilla 997-2081
P.O. Box 163 Monticello
Pastor Daryl Adams 850-251-0129
Sunday School..............................9:45 AM
Sunday Worship Service............11:oo AM
Choir Practice..............................5:00 PM
Worship Service........................6:00 PM
Fellowship Meal......................6:30 PM
Prayer Meeting/Bible Study........7:oo PM

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FEBRUARY 13 Bethel AME Church visitors to j
Family Unity program (Belville) in Jennings, celebrating
will be celebrated as FL. The community is occasion. If
part of Black History invited to attend. Rev. able to atte
Commemoration at 3 Dr. Melvin Roberts, ber them
p.m. on the second Sun- pastor and Sis. Elouise prayers. C
day The program is Livingston, president. 2032 for dir
sponsored by the mis- FEBRUARY 13 comments.
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asking men and fathers Church, 13 Barrington Pastor Tob
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Dr. ning of Springhill Bap- signup for this min- to anyone needing a
and tist Church, istry, or for a list of tance including
St. Tallahassee, FL. The items needed to keep needy, infants and
iary church is extending an the pantry stocked, or elderly This is
lot invitation to all resi- to become involved monthly with distr
)een dents of Monticello, with this ministry con- tion from 9 to 10
ruc- and surrounding com- tact John W Schuler at usually on the fou
the munities. For addi- 850-228-8828, or 850-997- Saturday at the
iuld tional information, 2252, or email to ea- Bethel AME Churc
for please contact Bur- gleswingsmonticello@y cated at 6496 Ash
n in nette Thompson at 997- ahoo.com Send mone- Highway. Volunteer
cial 4484. tary donations to: PO also welcome to com
un- FEBRUARY 16 Box 513, 290 East Dog- Friday evening at
em- EaglesWings Food wood Street, Monticello, p.m. to help bag the
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997- istry will be open for Monticello/Jefferson Randall at 850-997-
and donations from 9 a.m. County communities be- or 850-997-6929 to vc
to 12 p.m. on the first cause "Hunger Never teer or for more ii
and third Wednesday Takes a Vacation." mation about
Mis- of the month at First FEBRUARY 25-26 program. National V
)tist Presbyterian Church USDA Commodities of Prayer is March
lize in the fellowship hall. Food Program and Sec- 12, and the same is b
ian Food items will be dis- ond Harvest Food Bank asked during this t
stor tribute once a month; have joined, with New also. Pray for the h
the the amount will be on a Bethel AME, Elizabeth ing of HIV/AIDS.

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Saturday Prayer Breakfast

At Greater Fellowship

ECB Publishiing
Staff Writer
The Missionary Society of Greater Fellowship
Missionary Baptist Church will host a Prayer
Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 12, beginning at 9 a.m.
Attendees to the Sunday, Feb. 13 Worship Serv-
ice are asked to dress appropriately for this "Old
Time/Dress Down Day" annual program. Follow-
ing at 3 p.m. the community is invited to
"Adopt/Bring A Child" to this special fellowship
The church is located at 690 Cypress Street in
Monticello, 850-997-4375. Rev. Dr. Melvin Roberts,
pastor. Sis. Elouise Livingston, missionary presi-
dent. Evang. Georgiana Barker, missionary vice-
president. Sis. Jennifer A. Allen, program
chairperson. Susan Branden, program co chair-

Behind The Scenes

grows old.
Are your garments
white as snow? If not
make it so.
Down the righteous
pathway of love, witness-
ing for Jesus is a light
from above.
We must listen when God speaks to us, when
written or spoken it is a must.
'God is love, He is in every place niay you feel
His healing embrace.
Jesus is just a heartbeat away; make yourself
ready this I must say.
Be loyal to the Lord on the pathway we walk, on
hills and valleys as we talk.
Our trees are waiting to be dressed in gorgeous
green; their beauty will soon be seen.
Kindness is received as music to the heart, from
its melodies we will not depart.
God gives victory to us, through our Lord Jesus.

Monticello 997-4226
Rev. J. W. Tisdale
Sunday Morning.........................:30 AM
Sunday Worship..................11:oo AM
Prayer & Bible..............................7:00 PM

13 Barrington Road Monticello 850-997-8747
Rev. James Mack, Pastor
Sunday School..................(Every Sunday)...9:45 AM
Morning Worship...........(ist & 3rd Sundays)ll:oo AM
Bible Study/Prayer Meeting- .....................................
(Thursday before 1st & 3rd sunday)............. 7:30 PM.

290 East Dogwood Street Monticello 850-997-2252
Rev. Sharon Schuler, Pastor
Sunday School.............................................. 9:45 AM
Sunday Worship(except last Sunday of month)..11:00 AM
SonShine Worship(last Sunday of month).........9:00 AM
Ladies Pilates Class-Tues. & Thurs..........3:30-5:00 PM
Sept. April:
Adult Bible Study-Wednesday.................6:30-7:30 PM
Men's Breakfast.................8:00 a.m. on 2nd Saturday

EMBC To Host

Black History

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Elizabeth Missionary
Baptist Church will host
its annual Black History
Program at 3 p.m. on Sun-
day, Feb. 13. "Walking in
Faith" will feature Minis-
ter Lucious Wade and the
Holy Ghost Revival Cen-
Church members and
neighbors are asked to
bring a friend to this spe-
cial service. Ethnic cloth-
ing and dress is
encouraged forall attend-
ing, but is not required.
Dinner will be served in
the annex building imme-
diately following the
The church is located
at 669 Groover Road, in
the Dills community

Honor Your Black HistoPr Progam At Springfiield


On Faith

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Valentine's Day is
coming and Faith Radio
wants to honor one special
sweetheart on Feb. 11. Just
tell the Faith Radio person-
nel why your sweetheart is
the best... in 300 words or
less. Do'this by noon on
Thursday, Feb. 10, and you
just might win prizes for
your special sweetheart.
The Faith Radio staff
will judge all entries, and
the winning sweetheart
will be announced at 8 a.m.
on Friday morning. With
the winner's permission,
the written comments will
be read on the air.
Send entries to mail-
box(i faithradio.us or fax
to 850-201-1071. Get to work

415 E Palmer Mill Rd Monticello 997-1119
Pastors Ray and Angel Hill
Sunday School.........................10:00 AM
Sunday Worship......................11:00oo AM
Sunday Prayer............................6:00 PM
Wed. Family Training Hour........7:oo PM

5593 Veterans Memorial Drive (Hwy 59)
Tallahassee 850-893-5296
Rev. Greg Roberts
Sunday School............. ....... 9:45 AM
Sunday Worship.......................11:oo AM
Children's Worship.................11:oo AM
Fellowship Meal..........................7:00 PM
Prayer Meeting.............................7:45 PM

4543 Waukeenah Hwy Monticello -850-264-0802
Pastor Stephen Lenzo

Sunday School............................................ 9:45 AM
Sunday Worship....................................11:00 AM
Nursery Provided
Tues Bible Study............................................ 6:3 PM

1599 Springhollow Road Monticello 212-7669
Pastor Marvin Graham
Sunday Discipleship Class....................:30 AM
Sunday Worship.................................10:30 AM
Healing Service
Every 2nd & 4th Sunday........................6:00 PM
Wednesday Bible Study.............................7:00 PM
Wed. Young People Bible Study............7:oo PM
Wed. Counseling.....................5:30 PM-8:30 PM
New Life Ministry
Tuesday Bible Study............................7:00 PM
Sunday Worship.....................2:00 PM-4:oo PM
Thurs. Jail Ministry...............7:00 PM-9:oo PM
AA Tinowrnv 8-nn PM

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ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
The Springfield AME Church family invites the
community to their "Annual Black His-
tory Program," beginning at 4 p.m. on Feb. 27. Rev.
Henry R. Griffin is the scheduled speaker.of the hour,
along with the Ford Chapel AME Church Choir, of
For more information about this 4th Sunday pro-
gram, contact the church at 850-997-5400. Rev. Stefon
McBride, pastor

285 Magnolia St Monticello 997-2165
Dr. David E. Walker, Pastor
Sunday School...................... 9:45 AM
Sunday Morning......................11:oo AM
Sunday Evening...........................6:30 PM
Wednesday Evening.....................7:00 PM
Wed. TRAC Club for teens...........7:oo PM

3862 Tram Rd. Monticello 997-6774
Pastors Donnie and Nancy Thomas
Sunday School.....................:....0:oo AM
Sunday Morning Worship.........11:oo AM
Sunday Evening Worship........... 600 PM
Wednesday Worship....................7:00 PM

Highway 259 Monticello 997-5018
Min. Tobbie Berrian III, Pastor
Sunday School............................:30 AM
Sunday Morning Worship..........11:oo AM
Wednesday Bible Study................7:30 PM

1206 Springfield Road Lloyd 997-TLC7 (8527)
Pastors Tim and Beverly Buchholtz

Sunday........... ................................... 10:30 AM
Sunday Morning Praise and Worship
Children's Church
Infants & Toddler Nursery
W ednesday............................................ 7:00 PM
Praise & Worship
Adult & Teen Bible Study
Young Explorers (K-5th Grade)

1287 South Jefferson Street 997-RGCC (7422)
Pastor Eddie and Elder Veronica Yon
Sunday Church Service.............10:oo AM
Thursday Church Service............7:oo PM
Monday & Friday
Women's Fellowship/ Fitness- 6:30 PM-7:3o PM
Tuesday Night Tae Bo...............6:30 PM-7:3o PM
Wednesday with Pastor........o0:00 AM 2:00 PM
Saturday For Realville for teens- 6:oo PM 8:oo PM

81 Methodist Church Rd Waukeenah 997-2171
Pastor Ralph L. Wrightstone
Sunday School....... ................. 9:45 AM
Sunday Worship.........................11:oo AM
Youth Group.................................7:00 PM
Overeaters Anonymous ...........7:00 PM
Choir Practice...............................7:00 PM
Youth Group............................... 7:00 PM
Family Fellowship
2nd Thursday of each month
Thrift Store open every Saturday,
8:ooAM-2:00oo PM
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\Wednesday, February 9, 2011



Mary E. Harris Named District Employee Of The Year

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Thursday, February 3 began as every other
day in the Jefferson District Office, but with one
difference, it was the day for the presentation and
announcement of which of the four nominated
candidates for Employee Of The Year, would offi-
cially be named the winner. \
Each of the candidates eagerly awaits word
and they continue as usual with their morning
duties. Meanwhile at the District Office, School
Superintendent Bill Brumfield advises Mary E.
Harris, the Finance and Payroll Specialist at the
office, who is also one of the nominees for the
award, that it was time to make the presentation
and go to the winner's place of employment to
make the presentation. Brumfield also added that
she needed to accompany him for the surprise ECB pu
presentation and they get in a van together and Following ar
drive off of the site, supposedly en-route to the prise presentation
presentation site. nanceand Payro
Meanwhile back at the District Office, officially named
friends, co-workers and family members gather School Superint
for the big surprise presentation to Harris and her with her plaq
they patiently await her return to the office.
Arrangements are also made to have one of the we have to go b
high school employees call Harris with "ques- Keeping a c
tions about my paycheck." office, Receptio
While en-route to the fictitious presentation, them pull into t
Brumfield suddenly realizes, "I forgot the plaque, hide to advisE

Raymond Ray Nelson JCMHS





FRAN HUNT son serves at Jefferson pair/Custodial position.
ECB Publishing County Middle/High He has 18 years of job-re-
Staff Writer School (JCMHS) in the lated experience and has
Raymond Ray Nel- Minor Maintenance Re- been working at JCMHS

Kenneth W. Robinson JES

Para Professional

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Kenneth W. Robin-
son serves Jefferson Ele-
mentary School in the
capacity of Para Profes-
sional (Physical Educa-
tion). He has 24 years of
experience and he has
served at JES all 24 of
those years.
Robinson's job re-
sponsibilities include as-
sisting Coach Eddie
Thompson with the
Physical Education Pro-
gram at JES; and he also
performs morning and
afternoon duties.
Of Robinson, JES
Principal Valarie
Thompson wrote, "It
gives me great pleasure to
recommend to your atten-
tion, Mr Kenneth Robin-
son as our selection for
the prestigious honor of
Florida's School-Related
Employee of the Year Mr

Kenneth W. Robinson JES
Robinson has been a ded-
icated Para Professional
at Jefferson Elementary
for over twenty-four
years. His excellent ver-
balfacility enables him to
communicate with ad-
ministrators, colleagues,
and students. He displays
the physical energy and
drive to do a fantastic job,
no matter the task. Mr
Robinson has proven to
be an important asset to
our school. He gladly ex-
ceeds any expectations be-
yond the call of duty. Mr.
Robinson's personal char-

County Judge

lam proud to support our-local
educators and the faculty of the
school's. Keep up the good work,
Judge Robert R. Plaines.

acteristics, include pa-
tience, consideration,
good judgment, and love
for students, which are
greatly appreciated
among biu faculty' and
staff We are very blessed
to have Mr Robinson on
our staff and working
with children. Given the
opportunity, I am confi-
dent that Mr Robinson
would be an outstanding
role model for all School-
Related Employees
throughout Florida. "
JES Physical Educa-
tion Teacher Eddie
Thompson added, "I
would like to recommend
Kenneth Robinson as our
selection for School Re-
lated Employee of the
Year Mr Robinson does
an excellent job in his po-
sition and is a major
asset to our school. He has
excellent verbal skills
and communicates well
with everyone. Mr Robin-
son is well organized and
is able to multi task and
makes sure everything
runs smoothly in h is
area. Mr Robinson will
reach out to other staff
members and tries to in-
volve them in any and
everything that is going
on. He is also involved in
all school related func-
tions. Mr Robinson is al-
ways willing to offer his
assistance and has excel-
lent rapport with all of
his co-workers and stu-
dents. He would be a
great asset and role
model for all school em-
ployees in the State of

for two years.
Nelson's job
entail picking up
trash on the school
grounds; cutting
grass; waxing
floors; cleaning
the cafeteria; and
whatever it takes
to accomplish any
task given at the
education and
training courses
attended anderti-.
fications earned
include Advanced Ray
Mechanical Elec-
tronic Door Con-
trols; Bright Blue
Open Architecture In-
stallation Training;;
Schlage Off Line Lock
and Software Training;
and Rekeying Cylinder
Servicing. Nelson was
also the recipient of the
District,Employee of the
Year award in 2005.
Of Nelson, JCMHS
Principal Dr. Rodney
Ryan wrote, "I am re-
sponding to the recogni-
tion of Raymond Nelson
as Employee of the Year
for Jefferson County Mid-
dle/High School. Ray-
mond is a maintenance
worker for the district, re-
sponsible for the main-
taining of buildings and
on the campus. Raymond
is a very conscientious
worker who is willing to
work beyond the school
day to complete assign-
ments. He is continuously
checking to make certain
the operation of the
school isfunctioning, and
will step in at any time to
help. Raymond is courte-
ous to fellow staff mem-
bers, teachers, and
students. He will respond
to the needs of any group
with immediacy and re-
spect. By doing so he is
able to maintain the re-

'mond Ray Nelson JCMHS

spect of all individuals at
the school. I am very
happy and excited to rec-
ommend Raymond Nel-
son to the district as
Employee of the Year, and
look forward to continued
years of success with

After the elimination and
restructuring of our dis-
trict maintenance depart-
ment, he was assigned to
Jefferson County Mid-
dle/High School where he
has resided for 2 years.
Mr Nelson is truly an
asset to our school. He
has attended and com-
pleted different work-
shops in his area of work
and exemplifies his train-
ing each day by perform-
ing different tasks. Mr
Nelson is motivated and
takes great pride in his
work, not only does he
perform the tasks asked,
but he will perform what-
ever else is needed with-
out your asking. He is
energized and a team
player He is funny and
spiritually motivated. Mr
Nelson often talks about
being reared in a single
parent home and how
blessed he was just to
have happiness and good
An"I'th2- ""d T n. i

JCMHS Media Spe- ieua, uLna i q
cialist Mae Eva Wilson "never forget to pray
added, "It is with great always make an effi
pleasure to write this let- Mr Nelson is a dedic,
ter of recommendation employee, a hard w
for Mr Raymond Nelson. ing person who wins
Mr Nelson has been em- respect of others thro
played by the Jefferson integrity .and an un
County School System for vering desire to perf
16 years as a district and complete the jo
maintenance employee. the best of his ability

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phone call waiting."
Unsuspecting, Harris returns to her office
Sand takes the call. After handling the "urgent
I phone call", Harris steps into Halpin's work area
so she could accompany Brumfield to the pres-
SAt that moment, numerous gathered people
approached her with a vase, a dozen beautiful red
Roses surrounded by baby's breath and adorned
.-- with red and white ribbons and a.bouquet of red
1 and white balloons, also adorned in red and
white ribbons, as they announced in unison,
"Surprise Mary! You are the District Employee
of the Year!"
Obviously shocked by the sudden surprise, a
Smiling and teary-eyed Harris accepted her flow-
ers and balloons and Brumfield officially pre-
sented her with the plaque naming her the
Employee of the Year.
fishing photo by Fran Hunt, February 3, 2011 To determine the winners, the names and
intricately detailed plan for a sur- nomination forms along with all their work-re-
i, Jefferson District School Office Fi- lated history with the district is submitted to
Specialist Mary E. Harris, right, was Judge Bobby Plaines by the District Office.
he District Employee of the Year and Plaines contacts five out of town school-related
ndent Bill Brumfield, left, presented employees to serve as judges and determine the
ue. winner. Once they go through and analyze all of
the information, they vote to determine the win-
.ck and get it." ner. The results are then sealed in an envelope
ose eye out for their return to the and given to Plaines, who in turn, hands it over
nist/Secretary Gwen Halpin sees to the District Office so they could go ahead and
he parking lot and runs to the ve- make all of the necessary presentation arrange-
Harris, "You have an urgent ments in advance.

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Mary E. Harris District School Office Finance and Payroll Specialist

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Mary E, Harris
serves as the Finance
and Payroll Specialist
at the Jefferson County
School District Office.
She has served the
District Office for the
past six years and has
24 years of experience
in her field.
Harris' job entails
providing accounting
services in the area of
payroll and finance to
all district depart-
ments; plan-
ning/supervising all
district payroll; main-
taining master payroll
records; updat-
ing/maintaining leave
records; verifying data
processing reports and
salary computations;
and assisting supervi-
sor and school person-
nel with payroll mat-
Continuing educa-
tion or training courses
she has participated in
over the past five years
include; Panhandle
Area Educational
Consort-ium Calendar
Year-End Workshop,
2006; Fiscal Year End
TERMS Payroll/-
Finance Workshop,
2007; Calendar Year-
End Workshop, 2007;
Fiscal Year-End
T E R "M .S
Workshop, 2008;

Calendar Year End Empl
Workshop, 2008; Fiscal Mary
Year-End TERMS play
Payroll/Finance most
Workshop, 2009: Family I hig
Medical Leave ACT, Mrs.
2009; Calendar Year- consid
End Workshop, 2009; Floric
Fiscal Year-End Empl
TERMS Payroll/- Jeffer
Finance, 2010: Harris is Distri
also the recipient of the a mot
Welaunee Missionary ed
Baptist Church
Appreciation Award.
Of Harris, County
School District It
Assistant For
Teaching and
Learning Dr. Kelvin
Norton, wrote, "I
am pleased to write
this letter of rec-
introducing Mrs.
Mary Harris. I
have personally
known Mrs.
Harris for more
than thirty years
and have found
her to be a person .
of exceptional tal- \
ent and moral char-
acter Mrs. Harris has
worked in the Jefferson
County School District
with high distinction
and honor for twenty-
four years. She is a very
conscientious and deter-
mined individual that indiv
has proven to be an strive
asset to our district and field
community. If given the or Sh
opportunity to represent stand
the district as the quali
Florida School Related been

oyee of the Year,
will be able to dis-
her talents in a
favorable manner
ghly recommend
Mary Harris for
deration as the
ia School Related
oyee for the
son County School
ict. Mrs. Harris is
ivated, goal-orient-

her profession and her
community activities.
Mrs. Harris is extremely
active in many organi-
zations and serves in
various capacities in her
current position. Mary's
character and work
ethics are beyond
reproach, and should be
viewed with an astute
eye in your evaluation
process for this illus-
trious award.
.-\gain. I
/ strongly rec-
l \o i nin e n d
A iii s s.
jA ar i

o r
S ."" Florida
Re l at e d
S" Employee of the
SYear jor the Jeff'rson
idual who County School District
s to excel at every and thank you in
of human endeav- advance for any consid-
he has proven out- eration you may extend
ling leadership to her in regards to this
ties, which have matter" School
exemplified both, in .Super-intendent.. .Bill

it is asked of her Ms.
Harris is a worthy recip-
ient of Jefferson
County's employee of
the year not only
because of what has
already been men-
tioned, but because of
her work ethic, inter-
personal skills with fel-
low employees and the
public and her undying
dedication to the
District. Ms. Harris has
earned the respect and
admiration of her fel-
low employees exhibit-
ed by her receipt of this
prestigious award. I
congratulate her on
behalf of all Jefferson
County employees."

Harris has con- I
tinually taken
onr more tasks
within the
finance depart-
ment challenging her
to learn and requiring
her to perhaps step out
of her comolbrt zone. Ms.
Harris is a notable team
player She realizes that
each member .
of the District staff is **.
a. viable part of a
whole, and she never
hesitates to lend her aid
Sand expertise whenever "

Gwen Keys Transportation and Maintenance Secretary

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Gwen Keys serves
as the secretary in the
School District's
Transportation and
Department. She has 26
years of job-related
experience and has
been at her present
location for the past
two years.
Keys' job responsi-
bilities include per-
forming clerical funC-
tions; registering all
new students; main-
taining inventory;
ordering supplies; pro-
cessing atten-
dance/payroll; main-
taining field trip

records; processing
reports; keeping bus
routes current; assist-
ing in routes and stop
assignments; and
assisting the trans-
portation and mainte-
nance supervisor.
Of Keys, character
reference County
Sheriff David Hobbs
wrote, "It is my pleas-
ure to write a character
letter in regards to
Gwen Keys. Gwen and I
have known one anoth-
er for about 15 years.
She is a kind, decent
and honest individual
and I believe she -is
someone who genuinely
cares about others and
goes out of her way to
help them. This was

made apparent when
she worked for the Adult
Education Program
here in Jefferson
County. Gwen would
encourage people to con-
tinue their education so
that they might have a
better chance of obtain-
ing success. Gwen is
someone I think highly
of and I know that she
is thought of that way
by others as well."

Supervisor of
Transportation and
Maintenance Alfreddie
Hightower wrote, "It is
with great privilege
that I write to you in
recommendation of Ms.
Gwen Keys. For the past
six months, I have been
Gwen's direct supervi-
sor I have found her to
be a pleasant, generous
person who is never
afraid to take on a chal-

Gwen Keys Transportation and Maintenance Secretary

lenging task. She has
been one of our most
dedicated employees.
Gwen is an independ-
ent, self-directed person
who is able to communi-
cate effectively and meet
even the most demand-
ing challenges. During
the past six months that
I have worked with her,
she has done an impres-
sive job of record keep-
ing a data entry.
During our past FTE
ridership report thee
Department of
Education recommend-
ed her for an outstand-
ing job and reported to
us that this was our
first error-free report.
While her on the job
performance has been

less than stellar, Gwen
has also become a close
friend to many of us.
We pride ourselves on
our work place values
and close-knit commu-
nity, and in'this area,
she truly shines. Gwen
is our constant
reminder of dates and
events so that we are all
aware of the things
that are going on in the
community, and the
work place. We are all
deeply appreciative to
have Gwen as a mem-
ber of our team. I am
very pleased that she
was selected ads the
employee of the year for
the department trans-
portation and mainte-
nance. "



School Board
District 4

" ic' aIre really proud to have
youl as part of our team."
Marianne .Arbidul




Jefferson County
Teachers Credit Union




Raymond Ray Nelson
The Administration
faculty and staff of

Jefferson County
Middle-High School

Brumfield added,
"Mary Harris is a 24
year employee of the
Jefferson County School
System. Hired in 1986,
her first years were at
the school level. The last
six years have been at
the District Office as the
District's Finance and
Payroll Specialist. f Ms.
Harris is responsible for
supervising all phases
of the District payroll as
well as District retirees
regarding their retire-
ment benefits. social
security and taxes. She
demonstrates exception-
al skills as well as dedi-
cation to her job. Over
the past two .years MAs.

strict School Offic
lance and Payroll
)ecialist Mary E.




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14A Monticello News


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

National Signing Day

Taryn Copeland Signs To Play For St. John's River State College

Fran Hunt Copeland.
ECB Publishing On her softball career
Staff Writer from early childhood to the
Aucilla Christian present, Copeland said, "I
Academy varsity softball started playing tee-ball in
player and team pitcher, sen- kindergarten, and started
ior Taryn Copeland, 17, offi- playing softball in second
cially signed a full two-year grade for a recreational
scholarship Wednesday, league. I knew I was a natu-
January 26 in the ACA audi- ral ever since I picked up a
torium with a host of class softball!"
and teammates, coaches, As with all exceptional
school personnel family and high school athletes,
friends during the ceremony, Copeland was one who
as she signed to play softball received support and partici-
for St. John's River State pation from her family mem-
College Vikings. bers at an early age. "I used
"This is a very exciting to play in the yard everyday
opportunity at Aucilla," said with my dad and brother. We
Principal Richard Finlayson. would stay out there until
"We have watched Taryn dark doing all kinds of drills
grow as an athlete, as a stu- and games," she said.
dent, and mostly, as a person. In better improving her
We wish to thank her par- ability, Copeland has attend-
ents, Tom and Debbie ed many camps.
Copeland, for sharing Taryn Have you taken any les-
with Aucilla Christian sons or attended special
Academy" camps?
Softball Coach Edwin I started taking pitching
Kinsey briefly spoke of lessons in sixth grade,
Copeland's playing ability, switched pitching coaches
her performance as an indi- the next year and she has
vidual and member of a been my pitching coach for
team and of her leadership five years now She's a great
on the field. coach and, has taught me
St. John's River State most everything I know. I
University Softball Coach have also taken hitting les-
Rachael Wilkinson added, sons at Titus and am cur-
"This is a thrilling moment rently taking lessons at VSU.
for us to finally have Taryn I have been to numerous
officially signing to play for camps throughout the years
St. John's. We are very excit- the biggest ones were at UNF
ed to have her and know that and UE
Taryn will be a great addi- .: Copeland makes it a
tion to the team." '.. practice to.join different
Debbie Copeland teams during the off months
wished to speak briefly to all too better her ability and
of the ACA athletes present. keep her sharp on the field.
She said, "We wish to thank "I play travel ball. I started
all of the ACA'coaches and playing year round mysoph-
we encourage all the youth more year with the
athletes, if Taryn can do this, Tallahassee Thunderbolts
with the same hard work and 16U. We traveled almost
dedication, you can do it every weekend throughout
also." the summer and fall. This
Tom Copeland added, past fall I got on an 18U team,
"God has given Tai-yn a tal- the Tallahassee Bullets. We
ent and she has really devel- went around playing all of
oped it, and the coaches have the junior colleges in North
helped." Florida. We also went to two
Finlayson thanked huge- showcases, including
Copblan lfor sharing the spe- one showcase inKishifSimee,'
cial moment with all of those Fl., and one in Savannah,
at the school. To students GA., with around 30 college
present during the ceremony, coaches at each.
Finlayson said, "Make sure The honors awarded
you use the best God has and the different kinds of
given you, work hard with it. teams she has played for over
You do that, and you can be the year have been many.
where Taryn is now." Copeland was named the
Following the ceremony ACA JV softball team Most
many lingered behind for Valuable Player for the 2006-
photos, autographs and con- 2007 season; moved up to the
gratulatory hugs with varsity team in the seventh

Devondrick N

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Last week on National
Signing Day, Tuesday,
February 2, in the comfort of
his home amidst a host of
teammates, family and
friends, along with members
of the media and Jefferson
Superintendent of Schools
Bill Brumfield as well as Head
Football Coach Jeremy
Brown, Jefferson senior run-
ning back, Devondrick Nealy
sat in a chair in the living
room and signed the letter'of
intent for a full four-year
scholarship including tuition,
housing books, food and cloth-
ing, to, play football for Iowa
State University
Despite the many offers
Nealy has had from through-
out the country, Nealy said
that once he visited the Iowa
State campus and met and
talked with the coaches, the
decision was quite easy for
him which college to attend.
The large part of his decision
that the 2010 All-Big Bend
Offensive Player of the Year
signed with the Cyclones was
that familiarity with the pro-
gram, the campus and the
"After my visit to Iowa
State I. felt very comfortable
with it and felt that it was
where I needed to be to fur-
ther my education and play
football in the 'Big 12," said
Nealy "I was looking at all the
big schools on television, the
Auburn's the Oregon's and I
never thought it would be
Iowa State. But they were
sending me lots and lots of let-
ters. When recruiting came
down to the end, that's where
God led me and that's where
I'm happy to be."
Nealy said he has
dreamed of playing college
football since he was a little
boy either playing or watch-
ing football with his dad. Of
the signing, his dad, Robert
said, "It is something God
and I envisioned all the time.
It's something we (my wife,

Gloria and I) knew he could
do ever since he was in mid-
dle school. If you haVe a God-
given gift, you have to use it
and that's what he's doing."
In his final two seasons
playing for the Tigers, Nealy
ran for 4,647 yards and almost
60 rushing touchdowns.
During his senior year, Nealy
had 89 carries for 2,743 yards
and 39 touchdowns. He also
had 15 pass receptions for 343
yards and four touchdowns.
The fast and shifty num-
ber one running back in the
Big Bend area, said that,this
honor of signing for Iowa
State would not have been
possible without being
blessed with talent from God
and the support he received
from his grandmother,
Catherine.Nealy, his parents
and Coach Brown.
"I really couldn't do it
without my teammates,"
Nealy said. "I ran for it. But
without my team, my coaches
and God putting me into
place, it would never have
been able to happen."
First he will recover
from a torn meniscus, which
he sustained midway during
his junior year. While he was
racking up a staggering rush-
ing yardage, his left knee was
throbbing. Finally, after
another 200-yard rushing per-
formance against North
Florida Christian in the regu-
lar ,season finale, Nealy
informed Brown the extent of
his pain.
Iowa State is aware of
the injury, yet still readily
accepted a letter of intent
from Nealy one week to the
day after he had surgery to
repair his knee and prevent
any other issues from arising
while playing for Iowa.
"I truly thank God that
he made it to this as he's sup-
posed to do," said a beaming
Gloria Nealy "I pray he will
continue to do what a child is
supposed to do."
Nealy has been the num-
ber one running back in the
area all season and for the


ECB Publishing photo by Fran Hunt, taken January 26, 2011
On January 26 at Aucilla Christian Academy, senior varsi-
ty softball pitcher Taryn Copeland, signed a full two-year schol-
arship to play softball for St. John's River State University for
their team, the Vikings. Pictured left to right are, parents Tom
and Debbie Copeland, Taryn Copeland, St. John's River State
University Softball Coach Rachael Wilkinson and ACA Varsity
Softball Coach Edwin Kinsey.

grade, in the 2008-2009 season
she was the ACA Best
Defensive Player; for the
2008-2009 season she was
named to the 2nd team All Big
Bend Team; in 2008 she
became the starting pitcher
for the ACA varsity team, a
position she remained in
throughout the 2011 season.
During the 2009-2010 season
she played for the
Thunderbolts Travel Team;
in the 2007-2009 seasons
Copeland pitched during the
Regional Finals; in 2009 she
attended the University of
Florida pitching and hitting
camp; for the 2009-2010 sea-
son she was named to the 1st
Team All-State Class 1-A; in
2010 Copeland played in the
2010 Daytona State College
Showcase; 2010 she attended
the University of Norhi
Florida camp; Copeland
pitched in the 2010 Ice
Breaker Classic, Cordele,
GA, and took home first
place with the Tallahassee
Thunderbolts; in 2008-2010
Copeland's team at ACA was
the District 1A Champs;.also
in 2010 thetteam, Eliti 8iras'a
Regional Finalist in Class 1-
A; in 2010 Copeland was
named the ACA Best
Defensive Player; she was
named to the 2nd Team
All Big Bend in 2010;
and during the 2010-2011 sea-
son, Copeland pitched for the
Tallahassee Bullets 18U
Travel Team.
Other than playing for

varying teams and attended
numerous camps, Copeland
continues to train for softball
in additional ways. "I train
throughout the year run-
ning, conditioning and lift-
ing weights. I try to do some
kind of workout every single
day, because it builds my con-
fidence and endurance on
the mound as well as the bat-
ter's box. During the season
I run every morning and we
lift weights three times a
week before practice. At
practice our coach Mr.
Edwin, conditions us pretty
hard. We usually have a pret-
ty hard practice of about two
and a half to three hours and
we run a mile every day and
from 15, 30 and 40, yard
sprints. We also work on
infield, outfield, and hitting
every day," she explained.
So what serves this
young athlete as motivation
for all she partakes in? "I try
to push myself as hard as my
body will let me because I
want to be the best I can pos-
sibly be. I don't want to look
back one day gnd say that I
didn't live up to ny full
potential, so every chance I
get to work out, run or pitch,
I'll take it," said Copeland.
Throughout her pitching
career at Aucilla, Copeland's
statistics have been phenom-
enal. In her freshman year
on Varsity, she chalked up a
13-5 season. Copeland struck
out 61 batters; she special-
ized in three different pitch-

Jealy Signs Wi

ECB Publishing photo by Fran Hunt, February 2, 2011
Last week on National signing day, surrounded by team-
mates, family and friends, Jefferson High School running back
Devondrick Nealy officially signed his letter of intent to play for
Iowa State University on a full four-year scholarship. Pictured
left to right are his mother, Gloria Nealy, Head Football Coach
Jeremy Brown, Nealy (sitting), Superintendent of Schools Bill
Brumfield and dad, Robert Nealy.

past several years, if he were
not in the number one posi-
tion, he wasn't far from it and
working toward it quickly
Tigers fans are more
than aware that when #20
(Nealy) gets the ball, to watch
him closely as he cuts
through defenders left and
right all the way down the
field, that an on looker can
easily loose track of him due
to his speed.
Nealy more than
excelled as the "jock" in all
sports he participated in, but
he was not the stereotypical
"jock". There is also so very
much more to this well-edu-
cated, well-spoken and man-
nered young man. He also has
a good head on his shoulders
and good intelligence and
most of all, he has a plan for
his life and wishes to one day
help better the lives of others
as well.
On the gridiron, Nealy
served the team as a running
back and slot receiver on
offense and a safety or line-
backer on defense.
Nealy has been playing
football since he was about
five years old. "I used to play
in the back yard with my dad,

my older brother and the fam-
ily," said Nealy He added that
he really discovered his love
of the game and the fact that
he had talent for the sport at
the age of six. "I loved playing
the sport, watching it on TV
with my family and I just
loved the way the game is
played overall," said Nealy
While in attendance at
Howard Middle School, Nealy
played as running back for
the Mighty Bees for two years
under Coach Willie Saffn and
upon moving up to Jefferson
County High School, he began
playing on the varsity team as
running back in the ninth
grade and has been there ever
He has not taken any
added lessons to improve his
skill, but Nealy says that the
fact that he runs on the track
team better helps him prepare
and continually build his
speed for the football season.
Even though the team
trained over the summer
months in the weight room,
Nealy worked on his condi-
tioning additionally "When
I'm not around the team, I'm
still doing something, either
running, weight training or

es and her speed averaged 52-
55 mph; in her sophomore
year her record for the sea-
son was 22-4, she pitched 140
innings, struck out 130 bat-
ters, specialized in five dif-
ferent pitches and she built
her speed to an average of 59-
60 mph; as a junior her sea-
son record was 11-8, she
pitched 110 innings, struck
out 120 batters, specialized in
six pitches, her speed
improved to 60+ mph and her
batting average was .264. She
did miss playing in seven
games due to a pulled mus-
cle. Statistics for this season
had not yet been tabulated.
To remain the very best
she can possibly be,
Copeland continually com-
mits herself to her goals. "I
have to commit a lot of my
time to the sport I love and
definitely make a lot of sacri-
fices for it. I have to try and
get faster, stronger and bet-
ter everyday.
Other than being an
exceptional athlete,
Copeland also remains an
exceptional student. "I make
straight A's and by the time I
graduate I will have complet-
ed almost one and a half
years of college," she added.
So what does she do to
juggle athletics, academics,
home life, extra-curricular
activities and anything else?
"It is very hard but I manage
to do it. I have learned great
Time management skills and
I always try and set priori-
ties. I am so busy all the time
but I know it is going to pre-
pare.me for having a job and
a family," said Copeland.
Copeland briefly spoke
of her extra-curricular activ-
ities. "I've been in Beta Club
for four years, FCA
(Fellowship of Christian
Athletes) and Junior
Leadership of Monticello,"
she said.
Athletically, Copeland
participates in other athletic
teams at ACA. "I have
cheered at Aucilla for five
yeat'and Co captaini in tnr
eighth grade year on JV and
my senior year on varsity I
played basketball at ACA for
four years and I ran cross
country this past year," she
In her senior year, there
have been .several colleges
that have approached her
about playing softball for
them. '"The colleges that
have sent me either personal

ith IowO

conditioning," said Nealy He
works on it throughout the
entire year.
He was asked what it was
that motivated him on the
field to keep outdoing his per-
formance from week to week.
"My motivation is being a bet-
ter person in life, making
money going to college, mak-
ing it (career-wise and possi-
bly in the NFL) and being able
to come back and help the
community" said Nealy
Nealy said that the fact of
seeing his name in the Big
Bend Leaders from week to
week motivated him to just
keep doing what he is doing.
"I'm proud to be a part of. it,
it's a big thing," he said.
Nealy knew just what it
was that he had to do to con-
tinue being the best at what
he does. "I have to keep work-
ing hard. When you work
hard, the sky is the limit. I
always keep in the back of my
mind that there is someone
out there who is better than
me, so I have to keep working
hard to get even better," he
While being the best on
the gridiron in rushing, Nealy
maintains a 3.3 GPA in school.
He was asked how he juggles
the athletics, academics,
home life and extra-curricu-
lar activities, and he said,
"You have to put everything
in order. You have to priori-
tize and school comes first.
Without school, there are no
With his exceptional tal-
ent on the field, Nealy had
been offered scholarships
from many colleges, includ-
ing Michigan, 01' Miss,
Mississippi, Georgia Tech,
Stanford, Duke, South
Florida, Illinois, North
Carolina, South Carolina,
Maryland, Oregon, Arkansas
and Auburn
While in attendance at
Iowa State, Nealy has deter-

mined his field of study He
wishes to major in finance
and accounting. In the near
future, he can see himself in

letters, or have talked to me
through a phone call include
Methodist University,
College of Central Florida,
Pensacola State, Liberty
University and North
Carolina Westland," said
Now that she has signed
with St. John's, Copeland
already knows what she ,
plans to study in for a career
in the future. "I know for a
fact I want to do something .
in the medical field. I want
to go into pharmacy but I
would also love to go to med-
ical school to be either a der- '
matologist or anesthesiolo-
gist," she said.
When it comes to differ-
ent colleges, prior to the offi-
cial signing with St. John's,
Copeland spoke of what her
"dream college" would be.
"My dream college would be
UCLA because I have always
wanted to live in California. I
would love to attend FSU
though," she added.
Despite her enormous
talent on the diamond,
Copeland does not aspire to
play professionally. "I would
rather have a career and a
family," she said. Though she
would never play profession-
ally, if a youngster
approached her and asked
her how be great on the field,
she knows what she would
tell them.
"I would tell them to i
always work hard, never be r
lazy and never give up. You
will get there one day if you ,
keep pushing yourself hard-
er and harder everyday Also,
never let somebody .tell you
that you aren't good enough,
use that as your motivation
to get better," she said.
In closing, Copeland
wished to add, "First off, I '
want to thank the Lord for
giving me the talent to play '
the sport I love most. I want
to thank my parefits for giv-
ing me everything and sup- ,
porting me for the 12 years
I've been playing ball. I want -
to thdnk Mr. Edwin for hang-'
ing in there atd' coaching me
all these years. Thank you to
my pitching coach, Ms. Lori,
for preparing me to pitch in r
college. Thank you to all of
my teachers for helping me
whenever I needed it. And .
thank you to all of my
friends and my boyfriend
Jake for supporting me and
being there for me no matter,
what, I love you all so much."

i State

a bank, accounting office, or
even one day, owning his own
business. "While attending
Iowa I will be spending about '
four years working on a high- :j
quality education and earn .
that degree," he said,
As with all young ath- r
letes, Nealy aspires to oneday
play in the NFL and if he
could chose which team he
would play on, it would be the i
Minnesota Vikings.
Nealy was asked what
would he tell a youngster who q
approached him and told him 5
he wanted to be like him and
asked what should he do to do
that, Nealy responded, "Work
hard on your grades and keep
God first in your life no mat-
ter what and know that in the
back of your mind you can be
anything that you want to be-
with Him."
Since he was in the sev-
enth grade, Nealy has also
competed for varsity teams
on track, where he still runs
the 100 meter, 200 meter and
the 4 x 100 meter; basketball,
where he plays in the position
of shooting guard; and in
baseball, where he mans
every position on the field
when called to do so. And
Nealy excels at each of those
He added that he had
never even dreamed of one
day coaching football or serv-
ing as the Athletic Director at
Jefferson, but he quickly
added, "If I were ever offered i
the position, I would snag it
up in a heartbeat. I always
have been and always will be
a Tiger at heart and I will
always bleed orange and i
blue," he said.
Nealy is the 18-year old ,
son of Robert and Gloria
Nealy of Monticello. "My
mom was the main one who
always pushed and encour-
aged me in academics and
though my dad knows the
importance of a good educa-
tion, he more-so pushed and

encouraged me in the sports '
part of it," said Nealy, recall-
ing his inspirations.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 www.ecbpublishing.com Monticello News 15A

National Signing Day

Clark Christy Signs For FAMU Football

ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Senior Clark Christy,
18, of the Aucilla Christian
Academy (ACA) varsity
football team, where he
plays in the position as tight
end, officially signed and ac-
cepted a full four-year schol-
arship at FAMU to play
football for that college
team. The signing cere-
mony took place in the ACA
auditorium on National
Signing Day, February 3,
2011. Also signing with
FAMU on National Signing
Day was teammate GH Li-
ford. Christy and Liford are
the first ACA players to sign
college football scholar-
ships for 15 years, since of-
fensive lineman Brent
Banasiewicz signed with
Clemson in 1994.
ACA Principal Richard
Finlayson said that not only
was it the first time in 15
years since an ACA athlete
signed on National Signing
Day, it was also the first
time ever at the school that
two players were signed on
National Signing Day
At FAMU Christy is
coming into a position that
for the past two years have
been filled by transplanted
players. As a true tight end,
he could bring some stabil-
ity to the position. He had
preferred walk-on offers
from the University of
Miami and Florida Interna-
tional. Liford said he had of-
fers from two Division II
teams that he seriously con-
sidered until he visited
FAMU last weekend.
"I went with an opened
mind because I had a lot of
offers as a walk-on, but the
moment I talked with the
coaches and players it wasa
done deal," said Christy.
"I feel that we're going
to be able to win a couple
more MEAC Champi-
onships. Everything just
seemed right with FAMU. I
really like the future and
where things might be

going," he said of his deci-
sion to play for the Rattlers.
Though Christy had
not been playing football
very long, he did not con-
sider his playing ability as
being something that came
naturally "I have only
played football for two years
so I still don't think I am a
natural, I just have a very
hard work ethic," said
At his home, Christy,
an only child, does have par-
ents who encourage him in
whatever he is doing.
"When I was a child I would
go out in the yard and throw
the ball with my mom," he
During the summer
months, Christy did not per-
sonally attend any special
camps or go through addi-
tional training, but he did
attend a few showcases and
camps with the team. As
with his teammates, they
train all summer long in the
weight room and they play
in numerous 7-on-7 passing
tournaments. "I am always
running and lifting weights
because everyday you ei-
ther get better or worse, you
don't stay the same," said
His motivation is quite
simply, "The simple desire
to be the best I can be for
God," he said.
He does not consider
himself as one of the best as
tight end. "I do not think I
am the best at the moment
so I will continue to work
hard in the off season and
try to fight for a spot when
August gets here," Christy
Christy has received
several honors during his
past two years in playing
f fooLtall at, Aucilla, Ia-,2lQQL,
he was named to the FACA
All-District tight end; also
in 2009, Christy was named
to the 2nd Team All Big
Bend team as tight end; at
ACA he was named the
team Offensive Player of
the Year; he was also named

At Aucilla Chritian Academy last week, on Na-
tional Signing Day, Februaty 3,2011, two ACA football
players officially signed and accepted full four year
scholarships to play football for Florida A & M Univer-
sity. It was the first time in 15 years for ACA to have an
athlete sign on National Signing Day and the first time
ever at the school for two athletes to be signing. Pic-
turted left to right are parents Darrell and Robin Li-
ford, GH Liford, Clark Christy and parents Charlotte
and Anthony Christy. Standing in the back is ACA
Head Football Coach Scott Scharinger.

the Aucilla Male Athlete of
the Year. During the 2010
season Christy was named
FACA All-District tight end;
he was named to the 2nd
Team All-Big Bend as defen-
sive end; he is the team Of-
fensive Player of the Year;
the recipient of the ACA
Team Spirit Leader Award;
and in' 2009 and 2010,
Christy served as the ACA
team captain.
During the past two
years at Aucilla, Christy's
statistics have lbeen tremen-
dous on both the offense
and defensive sides of the
field. He had 41 pass recep-
tions for 631 yards; six
touchdowns; and four two-
point conversions. Christy
also had 18 carries for 84
yards and three touch-
downs; on the defensive side
of, the field Christy- col-
lected 79 tackles, with six
blocked extra-point at-
tempts, seven forced fum-
bles and three fumble
Of Christy, Head ACA
varsity Football Coach Scott
Scharinger said, "Prior to

my coming to Aucilla two
years ago, Clark Christy did
not even play football,
Christy was a basketball
and baseball player. But as
soon as he came out for foot-
ball, he was an immediate
impact in the field. He is a
great athlete for starters. He
is physically able to do all
that was asked at him at
various positions. And he's
so intelligent and football
smart that he has no prob-
lem picking it up. From the
very first game he played in
as a junior to the last game
as a senior, he was scoring
touchdowns. For two years
now he has been our Offen-
sive Player of the Year. In
addition to that, he is our
team's Spiritual Leader (as
voted on by his teammates).
He is a very mature young
man .tbat puts his .love, for, .
theLord first in all he does.
Clark is also a model stu-
dent-athlete. He has nearly
two years of college com-
pleted and he excels in all
of his coursework. His
grades and test scores at-
tracted quite a few colleges

to look at him just for his
academics, including Har-
vard. Clark will be success-
ful at FAMU and no matter
what else he chooses to do
in life as long as he contin-
ues to put forth the effort he
has in the football program
and classroom here at Au-
Addressing the FAMU
signing, Scharinger added,
"I am real excited about the
opportunity that both play-
ers have to play at FAMU. I
was really not surprised to
see them attracting interest
from colleges. Honestly, I
believed they had that po-
tential all along. Their hard
work coupled with their
God-given talents and abili-
ties have allowed them a
unique opportunity to play
Division I football and close
to home. I was confronted
on signing day with the fact
that no one from Aucilla
had signed a Division 1
scholarship .in 17 years and
never has there been two at
one time. That is pretty spe-
cial. But the real credit goes
to those two young men
who worked hard on and
off the field to make it hap-
pen. I am just so glad that
their hard work has paid
off. I hope that the younger
players in the school can
now see the blueprint for
success. This program is a
work-in-progress. If they
will just stick to the plan
and work hard, they too can
have opportunities to play
-at the next level. But as for
GH and Clark, I am proud
of them. It was a true privi-
lege to be able to coach
them for the past two years.
I wish them all the best and
my hope is that they will
continue to 'Lead By Exam-
ple.'inall they-do.", _i
Finlayson added, "We
are proud of both of these
fine young men. They have
worked hard, both on the
athletic field and in the
classroom to make this op-
portunity possible. We are
certain they will continue

to use their God-given abil-
ities to excel and represent
Florida A & M, their fami-
lies, and their Savior in an
outstanding way"
In the classroom
Christy earns all A's and
has a GPA of 3.75. While at-
tending college Christy
plans to study Pharmacy
About juggling athlet-
ics, academics, home life,
extra-curricular activities
and anything else, Christy
said, "It's easy, put God first
and everything else falls in
In his spare time he en-
joys reading and playing
golf. "They are both stress
relievers," he added. He
also enjoys watching foot-
ball on television and his
favorite team is the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers.
Other than football at
ACA, Christy played in the
position of center in grades
nine through 12 and played
third base in baseball in the
ninth and tenth grades.
When he was asked if
he aspired to one day play
football professionally, he
responded, "I think all
players aspire to play pro-
fessionally because it's
honor not many get to
He said that if a youth
approached him and said
"You're the best, what can I
do to play like you?" he
would say, "Thank you and
if you work hard to please
God everyday in every as-
pect of your life, then you
will be the best you can be."
Christy is the son of
Anthony and Charlotte
Christy of Monticello.
In conclusion, he
wished to add, "On your
tombstone there will be two
numbers. One for, .the, iay.)
you were born and one for
the day you died. In be-
tween there will be a dash.
That dash represents
everything you did in your
entire life. What do you
want your dash to repre-


ECB Publishing
Staff Writer
Senior GH Liford, 17,
of the Aucilla Christian
Academy (ACA) varsity
football team, where he
plays in the position left
tackle (a very large young
man of 6'8" and weight of
275 pounds), officially
signed and accepted a full
four-year scholarship at
FAMU to play football for
that college team. The
signing ceremony took
place in the ACA audito-
rium on National Signing
Day, February 3,2011. Also
signing with FAMU on
National Signing Day was
teammate Clark Christy
Christy and Liford are the
first ACA players to sign
college football scholar-
ships for 15 years, since of-
fensive lineman Brent
Banasiewicz signed with
Clemson in 1994.
ACA Principal
Richard Finlayson said
that not only was it the
first time in 15 years since
an ACA athlete signed on
National Signing Day, it
was also the first time
ever at the school that two
players were signed on
National Signing Day.
This is Liford's first
year as a starter playing
football for Aucilla. He
has been playing football
for the past 14 years and at
the age of 15 he realized
that he was a natural at
the sport.
Throughout his life his
dad has served as a great
inspiration and encour-
agement to him. "We
throw the football around,
jus like any other father
and son combination," he
When it comes to ad-
ditional training and
camps Liford also takes
advantage of the opportu-

nity to better learn and
improve his ability both
athletically and on the
field. "I attended six dif-
ferent football camps in-
cluding the Down and
Dirty lineman camp;
FIU's football camp and
FSU, to name a few," said
Liford. "While I was at the
camps we got to put pads
on and practiced there.
He currently attends
the Titus Sports a Acad-
emy to help with his
strength and speed, three
days per week.
Liford has tried vari-
ous techniques to moti-
vate him on the field. "I
have used several differ-
ent things as motivation,
but the main thing is the
fact that I'm big enough to
play college football, so I
should compete in every-
thing I can and get to that
level," he added.
To remain the best at
what he does on the field,
Liford's technique in sim-
ply, "I continue to work
hard on and off the field
in the classroom, in the
weight room and main-
tain a good relationship
with God," said Liford.
Before he decided to
sign with FAMU, he had
been approached by sev-
eral different colleges
about scholarships, in-
cluding Minot State Uni-
versity, Lambuth
University, Illinois Col-
lege, Alleghany College,
Mississippi College and
Wabash College. When Li-
ford was asked which col-
lege was his "dream
college", he said his
dream college is FAMU.
When he was asked if
he aspired to one day play
football professionally, he
responded,. "If playing in
the NFL is in God's plan
for me, then I will take on
the opportunity" He


At Aucilla Chritian Academy last week, on National
Signing Day, Februaty 3, 2011, two ACA football players
officially signed and accepted full four year scholarships
to play football for Florida A & M University. It was the
first time in 15 years for ACA to have an athlete sign on
National Signing Day and the first time ever at the school
for two athletes to be signing. Picturted left to right are
parents Darrell and Robin Liford, GH Liford, Clark Christy
and parents Charlotte and Anthony Christy. Standing in
the back is ACA Head Football Coach Scott Scharinger.

added that there was no
particular NFL team he
dreamed of one day play-
ing for, Liford said, "Any
team, it would be a bless-
ing to have a chance to
If he were one day ap-
proached by a youngster
who told him he was the
best and asked him how to
be the best, what he would
say is simple. "You can ac-
complish any thing with
God. You just have give
anything you do, you have
to give it your all. Never
give up. Just know that
what ever you want to be
God can help you to do it,"
Liford said.
His accomplishments
during the 2010 season in-
clude receiving Honorable
Mention in the All Big
Bend, as offensive line-
man; being the 2010 Team
Most Improved Offensive
Player; and serving dur-
ing the season as the team
Captain. As offensive
tackle he is the leader of
the offensive line and as a
defensive tackle he had
nine tackles and one
blocked field goal attempt,

in his first year as a
starter at ACA. He has
played football for Aucilla
for the past four years..
ACA Head Football
Coach Scott Scharinger
spoke of Liford. "As the
2009 football season ended
and off season work
began, GH went to work
zealously. He needed to
prove to himself and the
coaches that he belonged
and could make a differ-
ence on the Warriors of-
fensive line. His workout
was both on and off of
campus. GH became
stronger, quicker and
more confident. He has a
good base, latter move-
ment and the ability to get
leverage enabling us to
use him in an outside or
down field blocking
scheme. Because GH has a
great stance, good eye,
vertical set, speed and
power in his punch, pass
blocking is where he sepa-
rates himself from every
other 'big guy'. What
makes a player stand out
is the heart and GH has a
heart that is bigger than
his frame, that's what

makes coaching him a
pleasure, because it's
more than football. His
love for the game is huge
but his love for Christ,
family, people and life su-
percede all."
Other than excelling
on the field, Liford also ex-
cels in the classroom,
where he maintains a 3.0+
average GPA.
When Liford was
asked how he manages to
juggle athletics, academ-
ics, home life, extra-cur-
ricular activities and
other things, his quick wit
was humorous and to-the-
point. "Very carefully! Ob-
viously, academics comes
first and everything just
falls into place," he said.
While in college, Li-
ford has his intentions
fully mapped out. "I plan
to study pharmacy and I
plan to become a pharma-
cist or a Pharmaceutical
Representative.," he
In his free time Liford
enjoys hunting and fish-
ing. "That's what I grew
up doing," he said.
In addition to football
the other sport Liford par-
ticipated in was when he
played basketball in the
tenth grade, which he said
he didn't really enjoy, so
he decided to stick with
He is the son of Dar-
rell and Robin Liford of
At the conclusion of
the signing ceremony, Fin-
layson added, "We are
proud of both of these
fine young men. They
have worked hard, both on
the athletic field and in
the classroom to make
this opportunity possible.
We are certain they will
continue to use their God-
given abilities to excel
and represent Florida A &

M, their families, and
their Savior in an out-
standing way"
Addressing the
FAMU signing,
Scharinger added, "I am
real excited about the op-
portunity that both play-
ers have to play at FAMU.
I was really not surprised
to see them attracting in-
terest from colleges. Hon-
estly, I believed they had
that potential all along.
Their hard work coupled
with their God-given tal-
ents and abilities have al-
lowed them a unique
opportunity to play Divi-
sion I football and close to
home. I was confronted on
signing day with the fact
that no one from Aucilla
had signed a Division 1
scholarship in 17 years
and never has there been
two at one time. That is
pretty special. But the
real credit goes to those
two young men who
worked hard on and off
the field to make it hap-
pen. I am just so glad that
their hard work has paid
off. I hope that the
younger players in the
school can now see the
blueprint for success.
This program is a work-
in-progress. If they will
just stick to the plan.and
work hard, they too can
have opportunities to play
at the next level. But as
for GH and Clark, I am
proud of them. It was a
true privilege to be able to
coach them for the past
two years. I wish them all
the best and my hope is
that they will continue to
'Lead By Example' in all
they do."
In closing, Liford
wished to quote his fa-
vorite Bible verse, Philip-
pians 4:13. "I can do all
things through Christ
which strengthens me."

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The administration of the estate of MAGGIE LEE ROSS
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Florida Bar Number: 174354 Personal Representative:
3065 Highland Oaks Terrace DIANA ROSS WOOTEN
Tallahassee, Florida 32301 1700 Joe Louis Street, Apt #71
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Attorney for Diana Ross Wooten

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Autorrie\ r Personal Representative
T. Buckingiharm Bird, Esq. Personal Representative
PO) B,.o 2-7 LaCheryl Redman
Monticcllo. Florida 32345 716 Millard Street
i 5iii 997.35013 Tallahassee, Florida 32301




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that Gene Barfield the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax
deed. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are
as follows:

Certificate 143 Year of Issuance 2006
SDescription of Property: 04-1N-3E-0000-0073-0000 1.00 Acre
In N 1/2 of NE 1/4 of SE 1/4
ORB 553 P424
Name in which assessed: Jeanette Jones

All of said property being in the County of Jefferson, State of
Florida. This property may be subject to current year taxes.
Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the
Property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest
bidder at the Jefferson County Courthouse, north door on the 9th
day of March, 2011, at 11:00 AM.

SDated this 18th day of January, 2011.
Kirk B. Reams, Clerk of Court, Jefferson County, Florida.

2/2,9,16,23/11, c

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